Pinoys unscathed, Myanmar, Thai teams hurt in SEA Games accident

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2017 12:21 PM | Updated as of Aug 21 2017 05:11 PM

Pinoys unscathed, Myanmar, Thai teams hurt in SEA Games accident 1
The bus carrying athletes from Myanmar after the collision. Camille Naredo, ABS-CBN News

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – (UPDATED) The Philippine squash team is safe after the bus they were riding was involved in a collision early Monday morning on the way to their competition venue near Lebuhraya in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Philippine Squash Academy (PSA) president Robert Bachmann, the Philippine team was riding with the Thailand team when the bus carrying the Myanmar team hit the rear of their vehicle.

"The Philippine team was up front in the front bus, and Thailand was behind us. Myanmar was in the second bus behind us," he explained in a phone conversation with ABS-CBN News.

"It was traffic, and may kotse sa harap, although we had escorts," he added. "I think the bus driver was also traveling a bit too fast. And then, a sudden break, and that caused the collision."

Bachmann assured that the Philippine team is safe.

"The Philippine team is all good," he said. "We had the doctors come over and had them checked. They're okay, no injuries. They're okay, they're fit."

The Burmese athletes were not so lucky, as they suffered injuries in the collision. Some members of the Thai team also suffered from whiplash, according to Bachmann.

All the squash games, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. at the National Squash Centre at the KL Sports City, are now postponed, according to Bachmann.

"They are still deciding on what time to start," he added. "It all depends on the doctor's clearance for the Myanmar team."

According to a report from the New Straits Times, there were 13 athletes from Thailand, 10 athletes from Myanmar, and five athletes from the Philippines. The accident occurred around 7:50 a.m. The players eventually made it to the competition venue on another bus.

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