20 people dead and two dozen injured as bus collides with van in Philippines

Vastavam web: A passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass at a church in the northern Philippines today, leaving 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured, police said.Police Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula said all those killed in the pre-dawn collision in La Union province’s Agoo town were in the van, known as jeepneys. Another 10 van passengers, along with the driver and 17 other occupants of the bus, were injured.The van passengers were bound for Our Lady of Manaoag, a Roman Catholic church in northern Pangasinan province that has long been popular among pilgrims and Catholics praying for the sick and impoverished, police said.