Tree branch falls on trailer, causes traffic

Saipan Mayor’s Office crew cut the branch of a flame tree that fell into a tractor-trailer with a 40-foot container of Best Sunshine near Triple J Motors along Beach Road in Chalan Laulau yesterday afternoon. (Ferdie de la Torre)

Saipan Mayor’s Office crew cut the branch of a flame tree that fell into a tractor-trailer with a 40-foot container of Best Sunshine near Triple J Motors along Beach Road in Chalan Laulau yesterday afternoon. (Ferdie de la Torre)

The top of a tractor-trailer with a 40-foot container of Best Sunshine accidentally brushed against a branch of a flame tree while its driver was backing up, causing the branch to fall on the trailer along Beach Road in Chalan Laulau yesterday afternoon.

The trailer’s roof had a big dent but the male driver was not hurt.

Saipan Tribune learned that the driver was backing up to enter into a compound of Best Sunshine next to Triple J Motors at about 3pm when the trailer top somehow hit the flame tree’s branch. The branch broke from its base and crashed into the trailer.

A construction worker said they were building a fence at the Best Sunshine compound when he saw the flame tree branch fall on the trailer.

The accident snarled traffic in the area for over an hour as the tree and the trailer blocked the road. Police re-routed the northbound vehicles to the Quartermaster Road as the Saipan Mayor’s Office crew cut the branch.

Last Thursday, a tractor-trailer with a 40-foot container of Best Sunshine accidentally dragged a Docomo Pacific cable wire along Chalan Pale Arnold Road and toppled a pole, triggering a power outage in Tanapag.

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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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