An early morning crash in Upper Tumon has left one man dead and sent three other people to the hospital.
It happened about 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of Marine Corps Drive and San Vitores Road in Upper Tumon.
Guam police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao reports that a Mitsubishi Outlander coming up Santos Hill was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Marine Corps Drive heading north.
A white Toyota Yaris was traveling southbound on Marine Corps Drive an collided with the Outlander at the intersection.
All 4 occupants in the Yaris were injured and because of the severity of the crash, Sgt. Tapao said the Jaws of Life had to be used to extract them
One of the occupants was “lifeless and unresponsive” said Tapao. CPR was performed on him at the scene and he was rushed to Guam Regional Medical City where he “succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by attending physicians.”
Two other occupants were taken to GRMC and the fourth was sent to GMH. The extent of their injuries and their conditions have not been released.
Massive traffic jam
All southbound lanes on Marine Corps Drive at the Pale San Vitores Road intersection were closed for about 5 hours this morning.
That caused a massive traffic jam on many roadways across northern Guam during the morning rush hour.
Southbound Marine Corps Drive traffic was diverted down San Vitores Road towards the Westin and into Tumon while Highway Patrol conducted their investigation.
The southbound lanes were eventually re-opened shortly after 9 a.m.
This was the third traffic fatality on Guam roads this year.
READ the release from Sgt. Tapao in FULL below:
PR NO: 02202022
RE: Highway Patrol Assumes Fatal Two-Auto Traffic Crash Investigation in Upper Tumon
Prepared by: Sgt. I Paul S.N. Tapao
The Guam Police Department’s Highway Patrol Division was activated to assume a fatal two-auto traffic crash that occurred in Route 1 Marine Corps Drive, Upper Tumon by Santos Hill.
On Thursday February 20, at around 3:30 am, officers from the Tumon Precinct Command responded to a traffic crash that occurred in Route 1 Marine Corps Drive, Upper Tumon by Santos Hill.
Preliminary police reports suggest that a Mitsubishi Outlander while executing a left turn from Santos Hill onto Route 1 Marine Corps Drive collided with a Toyota Yaris that was traveling on the southbound lane of Route 1.
Due to severity of the crash, the “Jaws of Life” was deployed to extract the four (4) occupants within the Toyota Yaris. One of the occupant was noted to be lifeless and unresponsive as CPR was performed while en-route to Guam Regional Medical City. The male individual later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by attending physicians. Two other occupants were also transported to Guam Regional Medical City with one occupant transported to Guam Memorial Hospital for treatment and care.
This case is ongoing as Traffic investigators have yet to determine if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors with this crash.