Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato confirmed in an announcement last Wednesday, that two Filipinos have been involved and got hurt in a school bus accident in North Point, Hong Kong.
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Referring to Consul General Antonio Morales’ report, Cato noted that one of the Filipinos involved in the accident has already been discharged from the hospital last Wednesday whereas the other victim is still undergoing treatment. The accident on the road that killed four people happened last Monday afternoon according to a report by the Philippine News Agency.
Two Pinoy Involved in School Bus Accident in Hong Kong
According to Cato, both victims are being given assistance by the Consulate General, and the foreign affairs department is monitoring the situation of both the Filipinos involved on the road accident in Hong Kong.
The vehicular mishap involving a 19-seater school bus which rolled a hundred metres down a slope near Cheung Hong Street in North Point and rammed into a building on Hei Wo Street, injuring 11 and killing 4 in the process is being investigated by authorities for the angle of a poorly applied bus handbrake.
Meanwhile, the Consulate General expressed its sympathies to the families of the four casualties in the crash. Authorities are currently looking at the possible causes of the accident.
Hong Kong government official Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor shared the statistics from the transport Department that by end of November, there had already been a total of 99 fatal road accidents for this year – an increase by 90 for the same period from last year. This was despite the record of accidents remaining roughly the same at around 14,000.
Lam pointed out that there has been a 25 percent increase (around 118) in the recorded number of deaths related to road accidents in 2018 compared to 94 from 2017.
Lam called onto all drivers to be mindful of their crucial responsibilities on the road, and said that authorities will have to step up to improve the design and maintenance of roads in conjunction to the sustained campaigns centered on road safety.