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At least 24 dead as Philippine bus plunges into ravine

  • Volunteers try to rescue an injured passenger after a bus apparently lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine killing dozens in Carranglan township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Officials said this is one of the country's deadliest road accidents in years. (AP Photo)

    Volunteers try to rescue an injured passenger after a bus apparently lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine killing dozens in Carranglan township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Officials said this is one of the country's deadliest road accidents in years. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Volunteers try to rescue bus passengers after a bus they were traveling in apparently lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine killing dozens in Carranglan township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines in one of the country's deadliest road accidents in years, officials said Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The rest of the more than 50 passengers were plucked by rescuers who struggled with ropes to descend down the 24-meter-deep (80-foot-deep) ravine to reach the wreckage in Nueva Ecija province's Carranglan town, said disaster-response officer Mark Raymond Cano.(AP Photo)

    Volunteers try to rescue bus passengers after a bus they were traveling in apparently lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine killing dozens in Carranglan township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines in one of the country's deadliest road accidents in years, officials said Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The rest of the more than 50 passengers were plucked by rescuers who struggled with ropes to descend down the 24-meter-deep (80-foot-deep) ravine to reach the wreckage in Nueva Ecija province's Carranglan town, said disaster-response officer Mark Raymond Cano.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Volunteers try to rescue passengers after a bus plunged into a deep ravine in Carranglan township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The bus lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine, killing dozens in one of the country's deadliest road accidents in years, officials said. (AP Photo)

    Volunteers try to rescue passengers after a bus plunged into a deep ravine in Carranglan township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The bus lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine, killing dozens in one of the country's deadliest road accidents in years, officials said. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Philippine officials say at least 24 people have died after a passenger bus carrying about 45 people fell into a deep ravine in a northern mountain town in one of the deadliest vehicle accidents in the country in recent years.

Disaster-response officer Mark Raymond Cano tells The Associated Press that the brakes of the bus apparently failed as it negotiated a downhill road in Nueva Ecija province's Carranglan town.

Cano says the rest of the passengers were retrieved by rescuers and taken to a hospital mostly with serious injuries.