Tuesday, July 19, 2016

6 Pinoys hurt in five-vehicle smashup in Jeddah

Six Filipino workers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, were hurt last week when their convoy was hit by a car being chased by a police mobile.
According to Genaro Pascua, one of the victims, they were on a three-vehicle convoy on their way to the beach before dawn Friday when the accident happened.
"Ang lugar na 'yun madilim, mamaya-maya lang nakita ko 'yung mobile ng police, nakita kong may hinahabol. Tapos maya-maya sumalpok na 'yung hinahabol ng pulis sa unang sasakyan na kasama ko," he said.
All three vehicles in the convoy were hit by the speeding car, he added.
Photo by Ronaldo Concha
"Pagkabangga po sa unang sasakyan ay tumagilid po siya tapos bumangga pa rin siya sa pangalawang sasakyan, ang pangalawa ang umikot tapos umabot po sa aking sasakyan," Pascua said.
"'Yung sasakyan po ng pulis po ay tumama rin sa likod ng hinahabol nila at humampas po sa unang sasakyan," he added.
Rescue teams came and the wounded were immediately brought to nearby hospitals.
Another victim, Madonna Punzalan, said she was lucky her injuries were not serious. She said among those hurt were nurses, and that their driver was at the ICU after he was pinned by two vehicles.
"Anim kaming nasa opsital, yung tatlo for operation, maraming fractures at 'yun iba ay nasa ibang ospital at nagpapagaling na rin po," Punzalan said.
Filipino advocacy group Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW has already informed the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah about the incident. Its Assistance to National section has already contacted the survivors. —Ronaldo Concha/KBK, GMA News

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