Woman survives car collision

A woman who became trapped inside a toppled vehicle due to a car collision in Chalan Piao over the weekend managed to escape all on her own.

The collision was first reported to the Department of Public Safety on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, which then relayed the information to the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services at 6:18am.

Medics and rescuers from the Susupe Fire Station and Koblerville Fire Station arrived on scene at 6:22am.

Upon arrival, a 47-year-old woman was found sitting on a bench at the store across Hopwood Middle School.

The woman stated that she was the driver when her vehicle was hit by a pickup truck, causing the vehicle to roll over one time and turn upside down.

The woman, who managed to crawl out of the vehicle with no assistance, complained of pain in her upper body and had minor scratches on her chest from the seat belt. No other complaints were reported.

The woman was treated and brought to Commonwealth Health Center’s emergency room. No information about her condition was released by DFEMS.

DPS also responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver who ran off the road on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at approximately 3:57am. DPS responded to a call about an auto accident near the San Vicente Post Office. The driver was later identified as 24-year-old Noel Joe Sanchez.

DPS arrived at the scene to find the vehicle already off the highway, having hit the barrier head-on.

According to a report from DPS, Sanchez became trapped inside the car because the impact of the crash caused the car’s engine and transmission to shatter and enter the interior of the vehicle.

Medics worked for an hour to extract Sanchez from the vehicle and transport him to the CHC emergency room. Sanchez was treated and released from CHC, but has since been referred to Guam for further medical attention.

DPS investigators noticed over 300 feet of skid marks before the crash and determined that the vehicle was traveling well over 70 miles per hour before the impact.

A blood alcohol test was administered at CHCC and it was determined that the driver had been drinking prior to the accident.

He was cited for exceeding the speed limit and failing to maintain lane.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.

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