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Ten killed, 120 hurt in Philippine train derailment


A passenger train speeding along a bad section of track derailed and tumbled into a ravine before dawn yesterday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 120, officials said.

Some cars ended upside down, forcing rescue workers to smash windows to free survivors, pulling some of them up the ravine with ropes. Two more people were feared dead in the wreckage.

Officials speculated that the curved track where the derailment occurred -- the site of another accident two months ago -- had been weakened by looters sca-venging rail ties and metal pieces for scrap.

The mayor of the town at the crash site, quoting the train crew and other survivors, said the train was going more than triple the area's speed limit.

Jose Maria Sarasola II, general manager of the Philippine National Railways, said Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza has ordered investigators to report their results within a week.

The train was headed to Manila when four of its five cars fell into a 12m-deep ravine.

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