Bus crashes in Philippines, 18 dead

June 13 (Reuters) – At least 16 Iranian students and two Filipinos were killed when a commuter bus fell in a ravine on a Philippines central island on Sunday, police said.

About 30 Iranians were injured when the bus lost its brakes and plunged 30 metres into a ravine in Balanban on Cebu island, police officer Arden Trocio told reporters.

“We’re trying to piece together what had happened,” Trocio said, adding that the bus had nearly 50 passengers, all Iranian medical and nursing students.

Almost all the fatalities were killed on the spot, Trocio said. One died at the hospital where the injured were taken.

Police said the passengers were on their way to a beach resort when the accident happened around 11:00 a.m. [0300 GMT].

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato)