YORK COUNTY, S.C. — The three people killed in an accident on I-77 Friday night had come to America for freedom and better lives, relatives said, according to WSOC-TV.
Family, speaking with the help of refugee advocates and interpreters, told Eyewitness News that the crash victims were from Burma and had fled an oppressive Burmese government over the past several years.
Relatives said the victims were returning from work at a warehouse in Fort Mill, South Carolina Friday when they got into an accident.
A 2008 Honda Pilot carrying six people tried to merge left after a bus slowed to pull over on I-77 Northbound, according to troopers. Instead, the Pilot sideswiped a car and lost control, eventually crashing into the back of the bus.
Tei Paw, 37, Khai Hne, 33, and Khai Tlo, 33, were all pronounced dead on the scene. Troopers said that only one of the three who died was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
As of Saturday, another man remained in the hospital with a serious injury. Relatives say the fifth and six occupants of the car were released.
A pastor, interviewed by Eyewitness News with the help of an interpreter, said the spouses of the victims will need financial help.
“We want to ask you if you can help them, these three families and one in the hospital,” he said.
Family members told Eyewitness News that a relief fund has been set up at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 101 Colville Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. The donation should contain the words “Car Accident Relief Fund.”