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UPDATE: 2 Pinoys among 11 injured in school bus crash that killed 4

11 December 2018

The fatal school bus leaves a trail of bodies, blood and debris.

UPDATE:

Two Filipinos, a 50-year-old man and a  43-year-old woman, were among those  injured in a freak traffic accident on King’s Road in North Point on Monday afternoon when a driverless school bus rolled downhill and mowed down 15 people, including its driver.

Four  people were killed.

A police spokesman said the two Filipinos were taken to hospital in a conscious state and were not in serious condition.

The officer, from the Police Public Relations Branch, could not provide other details such as the identities of the two victims. He said they are both Hong Kong ID card holders.

Earlier, four people, aged 70 to 83 and with Chinese names, were reported dead. A Filipino who lives nearby said the fatalities may be the people who manned the sidewalk stall that was crushed by the school bus on the corner of King's Road and Hei Wo St.

Consul Paulo Saret, head of the assistance to nationals section of the Consulate, said his office has been informed by the Hong Kong police that two Filipinos were among the injured.

“We were informed that both Filipinos, a 50-year-old male and a 43-year-old female, are in stable condition. One of them is in Ruttonjee Hospital and the other in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital,” Saret said.

“We will relay the report to the Consul General tomorrow and request the OWWA to arrange a visit to the victims in those hospitals,” he added.




Based on OFWs' comments received by The SUN through its Facebook page, Filipino casualties could have been more if not for near misses.

The comments also illustrated the Filipino community's proximity to major events in Hong Kong.

“Buti na lang nakatawid na ako diyan bago nangyari. Kawawa naman yung mga namatayan at nadisgrasya,” recounted Mye Balsomo.



Cherry Dasalla, on the other hand, said she used to pass by that spot coming from the market, but had to meet a friend at another street corner when the accident happened. “Kaya na-shock ako nang tawagan ako ni Amo because she’s worried about the accident. God is good talaga,” Dasalla said.




Nhelz Canong Castillon posted the most detailed of these stories: "Jan ako bumibili ng tinapay balak ko dadaan doon bago magsundo sa school sa alaga ko...Ng akmang tatawid na ako papunta doon tumawag s ma'am na hintayin ko nlng sila sa north point mtr huwag daw ako bibili ng pangbreakfast for tomorrow kasi nakabili na siya. .. Pagbaba ko lng ng cp kasi lakad nlng ako Punta north point mtr mga Tao nagsisigawan na sa likod ko may mga tumatakbo at kumukuha ng video ... Grabi kaba ko call talaga n ma'am nagsave sa akin.. Nong nagkita na Kami sa mtr pinakita niya ang video sa akin at sabi niya thank you God my auntie is ok....
Hanggang dumating na kami sa bahay kinakabahan ako at s ma'am naman salita ng salita na kailangan mag ingat ako lalo na sa araw araw na paglalakad namin ng alaga ko."



Julie T. Dela Cruz declared: "Ito yung school bus ng alaga ko buti na lang hindi pa sila nakakalabas sa school kanina. So sad. Kawawa naman si mamang driver."

“Kita nga dito sa kwarto ko. Lagi kami diyan nababa,” said Yehlen Jayjoyce .



“Mabuti na lang di ako nag-market today dahil malamig sabi ng mga amo ko,” said Wenelyn Cabantac.

“Sana walang Pinay,” Rosalia Goloyugo wished.

Vermudo Florentine had a final advice: “Ingat sa mga nalabas ng bahay at pray lagi.”

















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