Minivan runs off at Togitogiga

A blue Toyota Hiace minivan ended up in the bushes along the Togitogiga Road yesterday afternoon, after the driver allegedly fell asleep on the wheel. 

When the Samoa Observer team arrived at the scene — on their return to Apia from Lotofaga where they covered a church opening — a team of Police officers comprising two females and two male officers from the Poutasi police station were already there. 

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According to one Police Officer who only wanted to be identified as Sam, the incident occurred after 1pm when the man was on his way to deliver food. 

The driver, Sam said, was already at the police station giving his statement. Meanwhile, when this newspaper’s photographer Misiona Simo attempted to take a photo of the van, the officers stopped him and pulled him inside their car.

Mr. Simo informed them that the incident occurred on a public road and he could take photographs, but they insisted he could not take pictures.  

The Police officers were later ordered by their superiors to let the photographer go as he was just doing his job.  

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