• Seven American doctors and nurses of Filipino descent were killed in a car crash in Cebu
• The driver of their vehicle was believed to have fallen asleep
• The van crashed into a tree
A Toyota Grandia van carrying Filipino-American tourists crashed into a tree; killing seven of its passengers.
The tragic incident took place around 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, while the van was traversing the road in Barangay Legaspi, Alegria in Cebu. The van’s driver, identified as Gilbert de la Cruz, was believed to have fallen asleep.
Rappler, citing the spot report from the Alegria Police Station, identified the fatalities as Aurora M. Gagni, Joseph Huang, Juvelia Huang, Nunilo Rubio, Rey Pascual, Diana Pascual, and Berniti Rojas.
Fred Tsai and Leonor Tsai suffered severe injuries, while the van driver sustained minor injuries.
Initial investigations showed that the victims came from Oslob town where they watched the famous whale sharks and were on their way to Kawasan Falls in Badian town.
According to the police, the victims were American doctors and nurses of Filipino descent. They were scheduled to be in Camiguin Island in northern Mindanao for a medical mission, but decided to take a few days of vacation to visit tourist spots in Cebu.