NO ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN TEMCO TRUCK OVERTURNS IN PAGO PAGO
A white Ford F-150 truck belonging to the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security was involved in an accident yesterday afternoon in front of the FIFA soccer field in Pago Pago. The truck landed on its side on the westbound lane of the main road. According to budget documents, the license place on the vehicle is assigned to the TEMCO office in Tafuna.
Samoa News has confirmed that the driver of the vehicle is an ASDHS employee who was rushed to the hospital following the accident but was later released with no serious injuries.
The impact of the crash was so strong that it caused the deployment of the airbags.
Cops from the Department of Public Safety and officers from the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) were at the scene to provide assistance. Samoa News contacted Capt. John Cendrowski, head of the DPS Traffic Division who confirmed that the incident was reported; however, no further comments can be made at this time, as an investigation into the accident is pending.
Interestingly, the official ASDHS government-issued license plates for both the front and rear end of the vehicle were intact immediately following the accident (DHS #15). However, when Samoa News arrived after everything had calmed down, several ASDHS employees (as identified by their t-shirts in the photo) were at the scene and both license plates had been removed.
Nonetheless, the "24-Hrs Response Vehicle" decal is still on the side of the truck.
Comments could not be obtained from ASDHS Director Iuniasolua Savusa as he is currently off-island.
Samoa News sources report that the driver fell asleep at the wheel, and the truck was speeding.
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