Palaro special games athlete electrocuted, rushed to hospital

Mars G. Alison
Palaro special games athlete electrocuted, rushed to hospital
(4th UPDATE) The athlete only suffered mild numbness, says an official, while the Legazpi City Fire Station is investigating the incident

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A special games athlete of Mimaropa (Region 4B) who was rushed to the hospital after she got an electric shock is already in stable condition.

2016 Palarong Pambansa deputy secretary general Cesar Abalon said the athlete only suffered “mild numbness” after the incident on Wednesday, April 13.

The athlete had been going up the stairs of a Jollibee food truck stationed at the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex located inside the Bicol University when she got electrocuted.

The athlete is competing in the standing long jump event.

FOOD TRUCK. A young athlete suffered an electric shock as she was going up the stairs. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

The athlete was accompanied to the hospital by Carolyn Silas, the one in charge of the Jollibee food truck for Wednesday.

Silas said the food truck was recently checked and they detected no problems. She added they do not have any idea what happened and that they will investigate. 

The Jollibee food truck was immediately cordoned off after the incident.

In a statement, Albay Governor Joey Salceda said that the food truck “will be relocated and its electrical devices will be reviewed.”

Salceda added that Jollibee has promised to “extend assistance” to the athlete.

CORDONED OFF. The Jollibee food truck at the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex is closed after the incident. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

The Legazpi City Fire Station, meanwhile, is looking into the electrocution.

According to SFO1 Garry Santander, they will be talking to the electrician who set up the Jollibee food truck to determine where it sourced its electricity. Currently, the wire has already been cut so they do not know where it was attached.

Santander added that he was told that someone was also electrocuted on Tuesday, April 12, but it was not reported.

The fire marshals plan to inspect the rest of the venue, especially the swimming pool area, to ensure the safety of all Palarong Pambansa participants. –

Editor’s note: The athlete’s name was removed due to her age.

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