Eight killed in Leyte road crash

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, May 17) — Eight people died in a collision between a passenger van and a truck in Leyte Friday.

According to PLt. Melvin Ay-ay, the crash happened around 6:15 a.m. on the national highway in Sitio Tab-ang, Barangay District III.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Ay-ay said it was a head-on collision.

The van was headed to Tacloban City, while the truck was on its way to Babatngon.

The Babatngon municipal health officer said eight people in the van died on the spot.

Thirteen others, including both drivers and a truck passenger, were brought to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban, around 27 kilometers from the crash site.

Ay-ay said an investigation on going. He added they would wait for the families of those who died on whether or not to press charges.

Stringer Wilmark Amazona contributed to this report.