20 people killed in a bus crash while travelling to Christmas Day mass in Philippines

Twenty pilgrims were killed Monday in a head-on bus collision while traveling to Christmas Day mass in the northern Philippines, police said.

A small bus taking an extended family to a dawn church service crashed into a larger bus in the town of Agoo, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Manila, killing 20 on board, Agoo police said.

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The nine other occupants of the small bus were injured, as were 15 traveling on the bigger bus, police said.

“They were trying to catch a mass in Manaoag,” police officer Vanessa Abubo told AFP, referring to a nearby town with a famous Catholic church.

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