Two veteran female teachers from a Hong Kong primary school died in a road accident in Australia last week while on vacation, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
The accident took place when the two women, aged 59 and 54, were traveling in a car driven by a 53-year-old man, who was a friend of one of the two.
According to reports, their car suddenly collided head-on with another vehicle that was being driven by a 42-year-old male.
It is suspected that their car entered the wrong side of the highway, which led to the tragedy.
The two school teachers are said to have died on the spot, while the drivers of the two collided vehicles were both injured and sent to hospital.
The accident took place at around 2:50 pm local time on August 2 on the Brand Highway near Perth, Apple Daily reports, citing Australian media.
The dead women had been teachers at the Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church Primary School in Tseung Kwan O.
On learning about the incident, the school’s principal, Chan Man-yin, expressed deep sorrow on behalf of the institution and staff and pupils.
Chan said the two women had worked at the school for more than 10 years, teaching Chinese language and physical education, and were highly loved and respected by their associates and students.
Chan revealed that the school came to know about the terrible incident only last weekend.
The school has set up a crisis management team and has arranged counseling sessions for other teachers to help calm down their emotions.
The Immigration Department, meanwhile, said it has asked China’s foreign affairs representative in Hong Kong as well as Beijing’s consulate in Perth to follow up on the matter with Australian authorities.
It said it will maintain close contact with the deceased women’s families to render all possible assistance.
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