On April 2, 2020, at about 10:51 a.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a 911 call reporting an overturned “honeywagon” on Isa Drive, near Vestcor Village. Nearby units responded to the scene.
At approximately 10:52 a.m., the first unit arrived on scene and noticed the overturned heavy equipment had human waste spilling from its containment tank. The officer checked the status of the operator and notified dispatch that the operator was stuck inside the cabin with his left leg pinned in the cabin and was experiencing pain on his left arm. Other units arrived and quickly directed traffic.
At about 10:54 a.m., medics arrived on scene and assisted the driver of the overturned vehicle. The Jaws-of-Life tool was utilized to safely extract the driver from the trucks cabin. Units from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFEMS) were on-site flushing the contents off the roadway.
At about 11:34 a.m., the driver was taken out of the truck and put on spine board before being transported to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) where he was admitted for his injuries.
After a follow up interview, police learned that the driver left the village of Kagman and was heading down Isa Drive when he noticed the brakes to the vehicle were not functioning properly. The driver attempted to slow the vehicle by shifting to a lower gear to no avail. The driver then looked for an area where he could limit damage to the vehicle, surrounding motorists and himself. After noticing a hill the driver choose to use the hill to slow the vehicle, before it overturned along the shoulder of the road. Police found that the driver was not using his seatbelt during the incident, which led to severe injuries the operator sustained.
DPS would like to remind motorists and heavy equipment operators to always buckle up, and to conduct periodic checks to their vehicles and equipment before entering the islands roadways.
The CNMI Department of Public Safety highly encourages the public to call 911 anytime to report a crime or an emergency. Our officers are here to help you.