BALANGA CITY: Seventeen 17 workers of a Korean firm in Bataan injured when their service vehicle crashed at a narra tree along Roman highway in Balanga City on Saturday morning.
The workers were on their way to Acre-Red, a Korean company doing piping works at the multi-million-peso expansion project of Petron Bataan Refinery in Limay when the accident happened around 6 a.m.
The victims were rushed to the Bataan General Hospital.
Danica Hipolito of Balanga City Rescue Team said five of the injured are in serious condition. “Most sustained wounds in other parts of the body, some had fractures.”
The impact of the crash threw the passengers out of their seats, some even even towards the door and front portion of the vehicle.
She said that they received a call about the accident at 6:00 a.m. and immediately responded. Hipolito said first attented to those in the front seats. “May mga nakaipit sa upuan [Some were pinned to their seats],” the rescue worker said.
Service vehicle driver Ronald Alvarado, 48, of Orion, Bataan was among those seriously injured.
“Iniwasan ko yung tricycle [I avoided the tricycle],” he said.
“Biglang tumawid ang tricycle na galing ng palengke, iniwasan ng driver kaya bumangga sa puno [A tricycle coming from the market suddenly crossed the street, the driver avoided it and crashed at the tree,” 36-year old Hadji Manuel on wheelchair said.