The car the Filipinos were in was heading from Canberra to Melbourne, above, in Australia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Two Filipino nurses were killed and five others were injured in a car accident in Australia on Friday. A statement by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the victims were in a Dodge Journey vehicle when it collided with a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by a 65-year-old man.

A pharmacist, his three children and a family member were injured in the accident. The DFA did not disclose the identities of the victims.

Minda C Cruz, the Ambassador of the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, said the two  nurses were active members of the Filipino community in Canberra. Cruz said they were on their way to Melbourne when the accident happened.

Foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the DFA was ready to extend assistance to the victims’ families. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the loved ones of two of our own who lost their lives in this tragedy. We join the Filipino community in praying for the quick recovery of those injured,” Cayetano said.