A 43-year-old Filipina domestic worker who was injured during a bus crash that killed four people in North Point on Hong Kong Island is still traumatized by the fatal accident.
Marjorie Salvador, who is from Cavite and married with three children, recounted the tragedy when she was finally reached by a welfare officer from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration on Monday after her agency managed to get her new phone number, sunwebhk.com reported.
The worker, who had been in the city for just two months, appeared to have been so traumatized by the experience that she panics each time she sees a yellow school bus similar to the one that mowed down her employer.
Welfare officer Nini Clarin said the Filipina would be referred to a social worker for counseling.
Salvador had a narrow escape when the empty school bus rolled down a busy street on December 10 and slammed through an alley where she and her wheelchair-bound elderly employer surnamed Yip, 89, were checking out items at a stall.
Salvador said she and Yip, who had been good to her, lived together in nearby City Garden and they used to spend a lot of time going around the North Point neighborhood.
On the day the accident happened, Yip asked Salvadore to wheel her to a stall where a vendor sold electronic gadgets that she collected.
Salvador was holding on to the wheelchair when the bus mowed it down from the side, and she was thrown off to one side.
The bus rammed the wheelchair, pinned it and Yip underneath before coming to a stop a short distance away. Yip is still in a serious condition in hospital.
Salvador was sent to hospital after the accident and discharged the next day. The OWWA was unable to reach her due to the police initially declining to give names of the people injured and the contact number the agency had for her no longer worked.
The OWWA has advised her and another injured Filipino worker, family driver Silvestre Velasco Jr, to file claims with the Social Welfare Department’s Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Scheme and seek employee compensation from the Labour Department.