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 security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.