MANILA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least 35 passengers were confirmed dead when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in Benguet province in northern Philippines Wednesday morning, Daily Inquirer reported.
Quoting local police officer Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., Inquirer said the police had already retrieved 35 bodies, while six others were seriously injured.
Inquirer said the driver of the bus suddenly lost control of the vehicle on zigzagged highway at 9:20 a.m. local time.
The bus was carrying 47 passengers when it fell off the 10- meter cliff, although local television network ANC reported earlier that the ravine was 30 meters deep.
Rescue and search operations are still ongoing, Inquirer said.