Drivers escape injury in Ululoloa crash

Two vehicles collided in front of the Ululoloa and Siusega Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) around 12.30pm Monday with both drivers escaping injury.

An eyewitness, who lives opposite the scene of the crash, told the Samoa Observer that they were having lunch when they heard a loud bang and went out to see two vehicles facing the church.

"We got up to see what it was and saw both cars facing that side where the church building is. We thought they had just pulled over to park but then people started gathering around and then we figured it was an accident,” he said.

The Police, who are normally the first on the scene, did not show up according to the eyewitness. 

And members of the public who had gathered were unsure if anyone had called the Police as both distraught drivers were busy on their phones.

The eyewitness said the two drivers then got into the white van, which was one of the vehicles involved in the collision, and left the scene.

“The police didn’t show up, and both drivers left in the white van, leaving the silver minivan there across the road. I don’t think anyone called the police, I saw them both on their phones but don’t know if they had called the police or not.”

Some of the children, who were selling coconut buns on the roadside, said the van was travelling from Ululoloa to town while the minivan came from Tuaefu. They said a vehicle further up was waiting to turn right to the Frankies Supermarket at Ululoloa, when the van tried to overtake the vehicle in front and ended up bumping the minivan. 

According to a video posted by the driver of the silver minivan, Joe Merrick, the other driver did not pay attention. He claimed that the vehicle crossed over to his lane.

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