BREAKING NEWS: 2 killed, 3 hurt in vehicular crash in As Mahetog

Two persons died and three others were injured during a vehicular accident on Chalan Pale Arnold Road in As Mahetog on Sunday before dawn.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Jason Tarkong said today, Monday, that the fatalities were a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, both Chamorros.

Tarkong said the woman was the driver of a white 2010 Toyota Corolla, while the man was one of her three passengers.

Tarkong said the two other passengers, a 20-year-old woman and a 21-year-old woman, both Chamorros, were injured and taken to the Commonwealth Healthcare Center.

A 41-year-old Korean man, the driver of a white 2015 Ford Transit 350 XL van, was injured and treated at CHC’s emergency room.

Tarkong said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Tarkong said the crash, which was reported to DPS on Sunday at 4:30am, happened on the southbound lane of Chalan Pale Arnold Road in As Mahetog in between the intersection to Saipan Zoo and Saipan Ice Water Co.

Tarkong said investigation showed that the Toyota Corolla car was traveling north when it lost control and swerved onto oncoming traffic.

The car crossed the divider and collided with the van, which was traveling south in the opposite direction.

More details to follow.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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