Fil-Am family figures in U.S. car crash; only mom survives

MANILA, Philippines – Only the mother of a Filipino-American family survived a car crash on Saturday, July 7 (Manila time), that killed her husband and 4 daughters in the United States.

The Trinidad family was aboard a van on their way home to New Jersey when they figured in a car crash along Delaware highway at Townsend town, according to the Associated Press, CBS News, and other reports.

The family members have been identified as:

Only the mother of the family, Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, 53, survived the tragedy. She was injured and was brought to a hospital.

She is reportedly in a stable condition, with authorities expecting her to survive.

To assist Mary Rose in the burial of her family, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched, collecting a total of over $54,000 as of posting time. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.