Five dead in Philippines after fuel tanker slams into houses

Five people were killed Sunday when a wayward fuel tanker slammed into houses along a highway in the eastern Philippines and exploded, police said.

The tanker was negotiating a curved portion of the highway in Pinabacdao town, 560 kilometres south-east of Manila, when the driver lost control of the steering wheel, said Chief Inspector Maria Bella Rentuaya, a regional police spokeswoman.

"The truck swerved to the side of the road, hitting three houses and causing an explosion," she said.

The victims, who were burned to death, were a couple and their 6-month-old daughter, as well as the driver and another person inside the tanker, Rentuaya said.

Last update: Sun, 31/01/2016 - 13:42

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