2 Pinay workers killed in Australia car crash


MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday two Filipina nurses were killed in a car accident in Australia on Friday.

The department did not disclose the identities of the fatalities but said the two medical workers were active members of the Filipino community in Canberra, who were on their way to Melbourne to attend an El Shaddai anniversary event.

In her report to the DFA, Ambassador Minda Cruz of the Philippine Embassy in Canberra said the husband, three children, and a relative of one of the fatalities were also injured in the car crash.

Cruz, who visited the injured victims in the hospital, said they were on board a Dodge Journey that collided head on with a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by a 65-year-old man.

The crash, which took place along a highway stretch in Wallaroo, about an hour from Canberra, is under investigation by authorities.

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the agency stands ready to extend any possible assistance to the bereaved families.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the loved ones of two of our own who lost their lives in this tragedy,” he said. “We join the Filipino Community in praying for the quick recovery of those injured.” (Joyce Ann Rocamora/

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