MANILA, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Nineteen people were killed and 22 others injured when a flatbed truck carrying passengers fell into a ravine in the mountainous northern Philippine Apayao province on Thursday night, police said on Friday.

Police said the crash happened around 7 p.m. local time on Thursday while the truck was traveling from Kalinga province to nearby Apayao province.

Police said the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a slippery road, causing it to veer off the road and fall into a ravine.

The victims, who were mostly elderly, were headed back to their village in Conner town after collecting cash and seeds assistance from the government when the accident happened, police said.