MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) revealed that two Filipinos were killed and 3 others were injured in a collision of a car and a train in New Zealand on the morning of June 19, Wednesday.
Alluding to Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Domingo, the DFA stated that the embassy “is closely coordinating with authorities to ascertain the identities of the Filipinos and check their condition.”
“The embassy stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos and their families,” the DFA stated.
The incident reportedly occurred in northern New Zealand, at the Bay of Plenty on Pongakawa School Road near Te Puke.
A news outlet cited witness Shanelle Whitaker “saw the car flying off the tracks, and a jersey flew out, and then a pole of the train track lights fell down.”
Whitaker noted the crash that took place around 8:15 am on Wednesday, was an “absolute tragedy.”