Twenty members of the identical prolonged household have been killed at present in a head-on bus collision whereas travelling to Christmas Day mass.
The tragedy occurred within the northern Philippines, police mentioned.
A small bus taking the group to a daybreak church service crashed into a bigger bus within the city of Agoo killing the 20 on board, together with six kids, police mentioned.
The 9 different occupants of the small bus have been injured, as have been 17 travelling on the larger bus, in keeping with an up to date tally launched by regional police.
“They (the family) were trying to catch a mass in Manaoag,” Agoo police officer Vanessa Abubo instructed AFP, referring to a northern Philippine city close to Agoo with a well-known Catholic church.
The centuries-old Our Lady of Manaoag church is a well-liked pilgrimage web site within the primarily Catholic nation, that includes an icon of the Virgin Mary which the devoted say performs miracles.
Agoo police chief Roy Villanueva instructed Manila radio station DZMM by phone that the smaller car had left its lane to overhaul a 3rd car.
Authorities are investigating whether or not the motive force, who Abubo mentioned was amongst these killed, had fallen asleep or was below the affect, Villanueva added.
Agoo is situated 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Manila. The pilgrims had come from the city of Bauang, an hour’s drive from Manaoag, police mentioned.
Reported by AFP