CHRISTMAS CRASH. A jeepney runs straight against a bus in Agoo, La Union. Photo from Agoo Police
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – At least 20 people were killed and 15 others were injured in a Christmas Day road collision in Agoo, La Union.
According to Agoo police chief Chief Inspector Roy Villanueva, a bus crashed with a jeepney along the national highway at around 3:30 am on Monday, December 25.
"'Yung pong fatalities natin ay nasa 20 na po, and then sa jeep po 'yun lahat ang occupants po noon (Our fatalities are at 20 already and they're all from the jeep, its occupants)," Villanueva told Rappler in a phone interview.
The local police chief added that the jeepney was privately owned, while the bus was owned by operating company Partas.
Villanueva said their investigators are still probing the area of the incident and clarifying with survivors what happened.
This is the second time, Villanueva said, that a road crash transpired in Agoo in recent years. The last road disaster there happened also during the Christmas season, on December 22, 2016, leaving at least one dead.
Nonetheless, the police official said, the highway has still not been declared an "accident-prone area." – Rappler.com