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Filipinos in North Point bus crash identified

12 December 2018

Velasco gets advice from Labatt dela Torre

By Daisy CL Mandap

Two overseas Filipino workers injured in the fatal bus crash in North Point on Monday, Dec 10, have been identified by officers of the Consulate as Silvestre Velasco, Jr. and Marjorie Salvador.

Velasco, 50, is a family driver who has been working in Hong Kong for years. He visited Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre on Wednesday, a day after being discharged from the Pamela Youde Nethersole Hospital in Chai Wan with his right arm still in bandage.

Salvador, 43, who hkas been working in Hong Kong for just over three months, has yet to be contacted by officers of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, but is presumed to be still in hospital.

The two were injured when a bus that had just been parked by its driver on Cheung Hong street rolled down the slope and crossed busy Kings Road, before hitting two vendors’ stalls in an alley on the other side.

Four people were killed on the spot and 11 others, including the two Filipinos and the bus driver, were injured.
During his visit to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, Velasco reportedly recounted how he was sideswiped by the runaway bus while he was standing on the pavement on Cheung Hong street.

He had reportedly just bought a packed lunch after dropping off his employer’s child at a nearby school when he saw the bus start to move. Velasco said he tried to move away from the vehicle’s path but he was still hit on his right arm.

At the time, Velasco said he was nearly abreast of the driver and saw him try to stop the bus from rolling down the hilly road, but was instead run over.

Latest reports indicate the bus driver is still in serious condition, with wounds to his head and upper body.

Labatt dela Torre advised Velasco about the claims he could pursue as a result of his injury, including employee compensation and financial aid from the Traffic Accident Victims Assistance scheme of the Social Welfare Department.

He could also apply for Legal Aid to pursue a personal injury claim from the insurers of the school bus.

On Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam pledged help to the families of those who died or were injured in the accident. She also said safety measures to prevent road accidents will be stepped up.

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