by Nick Delgado
Guam - A major collision involving a fuel tanker truck and a dump truck caused quite the delay for motorists this morning. "The dump truck coming down the hill lost control and maybe lost his brakes and ran through the intersection striking the IP&E fuel tanker," commented Guam Fire Department spokesperson Lieutenant Ed Artero.
It was during morning rush hour traffic. At 8:47am two large trucks collided at the Adelup intersection right in front of Mobil blocking the flow of traffic both north and southbound for several hours. Guam Auto Traders sales executive Bob Zamora witnessed the crash, saying, "I was out here in the lot checking the cars and I heard the dump truck sounding its horn really bad and then I saw him avoid the car in front of him and then when the big IP&E gas tank was coming in without noticing, it was a blind corner and then just a big impact.
"You can hear the shake of the surrounding, it was like an earthquake."
Officer A.J. Balajadia with the Guam Police Department added, "I heard a big boom noise and looked in the rear view mirror and noticed a fireball." The nearby car lot caught the entire crash on video surveillance. Balajadia was in the parking lot of the Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex at the time. He ran from his vehicle to help the 21-year-old driver. The Angoco Trucking driver was OK, and even got out and ran away from the vehicle following the crash.
"I ran towards the tanker truck, there was several people gathered in that area running towards the vehicle and trying to help the driver who was hanging out the window," he said.
Balajadia got to the 49-year-old trucker inside the IP&E truck that was hauling jet fuel, and stayed with him until medics arrived to take him to the hospital. The man suffered broken legs and will have to undergo surgery. The scene had powder from fire extinguishers and sand laid over to absorb the oil spill. A backup IP&E truck was also brought in and the jet fuel transferred. Guam Homeland Security and Guam EPA also responded to ensure a proper clean up of the scene.
"It could have been a really bad situation especially if there was an explosion," said Balajadia.
The road was reopened just after 1 o'clock this afternoon. Highway Patrol officers continue to investigate the crash.