Around 40 people were killed when a packed bus fell into a deep ravine in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, authorities said.

The bus carrying 49 Filipinos had just left the mountain resort city of Baguio when its brakes failed, local fire chief Senior Superintendent Richard Villanueva told AFP.

Provincial police chief Wilben Mayor told reporters 40 people were killed instantly.

He said 9 people were injured, including the conductor who survived by jumping out of the door before the vehicle flew off the cliff.

"The driver tried to ram the bus into a mango tree to prevent it from falling, but failed," the conductor, John Patrick Flores, who escaped with only bruises, told reporters.

Police Senior Inspector Leo Guay, who led the search and retrieval operations, said the destroyed vehicle had come to a rest on its side on shrub-covered ground.

The steep slope made it difficult for rescuers to retrieve the mangled bodies from inside the wreckage, he said.

Baguio is about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Manila, and is a popular tourist spot because of its rich tribal culture and cool weather.


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