Guam – Guam Memorial Hospital Spokesman Connor Murphy reports that 3 of the 4 male teenagers brought in yesterday [Thursday] following the accident at Potts Junction remain hospitalized this morning.
One of the patients was treated and released. Another remains in critical condition in ICU. Another remains in the ER being monitored pending transfer to ICU and the third bot is in stable condition in the Pediatrics Unit.
A 5th student was treated and released yesterday at Naval Hospital.
The 5 teenagers were among 6 in a Toyota Tundra pickup that went off-roading near Potts Junction yesterday and ended up slamming into the side of a concrete power pole.
There were 5 in the cab and 1 in the bed of the pickup.
Sgt. Mike Aguon, with Guam Highway Patrol, told PNC News that the youth in the bed of the pickup was thrown from the vehicle and sustained the most serious injuries.
Sgt. Aguon also said that all of the youths are students at Simon Sanchez High School and all of them are under the age of 18.
Guam Public Information Officer A.J. Balajadia said that for reasons not yet clear, the Toyota pickup left the paved roadway and travelled about 50 yards off-road along the grassy area beside Route 3 close to the line of concrete power poles.
As the pickup was passing in between one pole and the stabilizing guide wire attached to the pole, the driver’s side slammed into the side of the pole.
The vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed and the force of the impact was great enough to “torque” or bend the bed of the pickup.
As usual, speed and drugs and alcohol will all be looked at as possible factors in the crash.