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Bus crash in Philippines kills 20 headed to Christmas mass

A passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas mass at a church in the northern Philippines on Monday, leaving 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured, police said.

More than two dozen others were injured

This photo provided by Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) shows the wreckage of a passenger van in La Union province, Philippines following an early morning collision with a passenger bus on Monday. (LTFRB/Associated Press)

A passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas mass at a church in the northern Philippines on Monday, 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's engine was ripped off from the impact of the crash.

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.

Rickety passenger buses and jeepneys, lack of safety signs, poor law enforcement and reckless driving have been blamed for many road tragedies in the Philippines.