Saudi accident kills four Filipino nurses


Posted at Jan 18 2009 05:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2009 04:21 PM

Four Filipino nurses were reported by the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to have been killed in a highway crash Friday in Al Bahah, Saudi Arabia.

The Philippine Consulate identified the fatalities as Cecile Detorio, Nancy Brion, Roselyn Rolloque Laceda and Gemma Teodora.

The Consulate said the victims all worked for a private dental clinic in Al Bahah.

The report cited that there five other victims, all Saudi nationals, killed in the accident.

One of the tires of the van where the victims wer onboard reportedly exploded, causing it to collide with an incoming vehicle.

Brion, Laceda and Teodora were killed on the spot while Detorio was able to make it to the Abdul Aziz Specialist hospital in Taif. She, however, succumbed to fatal injuries early Saturday morning.

The Philippine Consulate has advised relatives of the victims to coordinate with the Department of Foreign Affairs for the repatriation of the bodies. With a report from Charles Tabbu, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau correspondent