Van Crashes into Electricity Pole at Mulinu’u

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Monday 23 August 2021 Mulinuu Samoa. An electricity pole is at risk of collapsing, held up by a van that crashed into it in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mon 23 August 2021. 📷 Taielua, SGN.

A near new 15-seater Toyota Hiace van with its plates removed remains jammed at the foot of the pole. Moving the van may cause the pole, heavily connected with wiring to collapse.

Police are on site to control early morning traffic towards Mulinu’u Courthouse, with one lane blocked by the vehicle.

Nearby taxi stand, Mulinuu. 📷 Taielua Tuasivi, SGN.

Taxi drivers from a nearby stand say the incident happened at around 4am in the morning.

Engineers and the team from the Electric Power Corporation are also on site this morning with a replacement pole. The vehicle could not be towed until a safety plan was confirmed for electrical wiring and connections to the pole.

EPC replacing pole before vehicle can be safely removed. 📷 Taielua, SGN.

FESA first responders have been contacted for further comment and confirmation of the early morning accident.

On Saturday night a road accident at Taufusi claimed the life of a 2nd year Malua student. Another vehicle on Friday afternoon was upside down on the Vailima road near SPREP.

Friday 20 Aug 2021 around 5pm.

Samoa Police and FESA continue to advise the public to take care on the roads, reduce speeds to the legal limits and refrain from driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and not to drive if you have not had enough rest.