NINETEEN Filipinos were hurt in an Oct. 16 road accident in Rome, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Philippine Embassy in Rome had reached nine of the road crash victims and was monitoring their condition, according to the statement. No one was “critically injured.”

Nine Filipinos were interviewed, all of whom said they had received immediate medical attention, DFA said, citing reports from Chargé d’Affaires, Candy S. Cypres-Bauzon. They also claimed to have suffered muscle trauma.

Three of them sustained wounds on the forehead while two had fractures on their shoulders and legs.

The embassy said none of the Filipinos involved were critically injured, based on doctors’ evaluation.

The victims were aboard a public vehicle when the accident happened in Via Cassia, north of Rome, according to media reports.

DFA also said the embassy was coordinating with Italian authorities looking into the road crash to determine its cause. “Latest updates will be provided, once they become available.”

The Embassy said it would give the needed assistance to Filipinos in Italy. — Charmaine A. Tadalan