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Seven injured after truck crashes in front of church

At least seven people including children were injured when a white pickup truck coming from Apia crashed in front of the Puipa’a Methodist church Thursday evening.

Villagers at the scene alleged the driver was speeding and tried to overtake another vehicle when it crashed and took down several coconut trees infront of the church. 

An eyewitness at the scene, Leuo Utu of Puipa’a said they helped to carry about seven people including two young girls in another man’s car to take to the hospital. 

“We were at the back doing our church classes when we heard a loud sound,” he said. 

“When we got here the people that came in the car were scattered in front of the road. I helped carry a young girl to the car and she looked really critical. 

“I believe some of the children were at the back of the pickup and there were others that were inside the car.” 

According to Leuo, the driver whom he described as being middle aged, was also taken to the hospital. 

He added the other passengers of the car “were youths” and sustained injuries. 

“But that little girl looked really serious. She wasn’t responding and we tried our best to get them to the hospital so they can be checked.” 

Fire and Emergency Services Authority and the Police were at the scene of the crash. 

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