The lives of eight people were spared in a head-on collision between a mini-van and a Nissan Note in Salelavalu, Savaii.
Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Deputy Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti confirmed the incident involved a red Nissan Note carrying five people, and a small minivan with three passengers.
“Six people were treated and discharged on the same day, while two were brought to the national hospital in Upolu for further treatment,” said Papalii.
The aftermath of the accident was recorded and shared online, showing villagers and bystanders rushing to the aid of the victims.
Bystanders claim that one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.
The Deputy Police Commissioner investigations are still ongoing, and charges will be filed once investigations are completed.
The Deputy Police Commissioner said we are still in the festive season and cautioned drivers against driving under the influence of alcohol.
“A head-on collision like this could have resulted in multiple casualties,” said Papalii.
“We once again urge the public to please refrain from driving while under the influence of alcohol…
“If you get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol, then you are knowingly putting your life and especially the lives of others at risk.”
Samoa Police had been working around the clock during the Christmas long weekend and will continue with road blocks as Samoa approaches the New Year celebrations.
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