Police officers are seen near the Honda Ridgeline pick-up truck which collided with a garbage compactor truck on Monday afternoon at the Puerto Rico intersection on Middle Road.

Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

TWO men were riding in the bed of the gray Honda Ridgeline pickup truck when it collided with a garbage compactor truck on Monday afternoon, causing them to be thrown out of the vehicle. (It was not a head-on collision as earlier reported.)

Both were rushed to the hospital where one of them was pronounced dead on arrival at about 1:39 p.m. The other passenger was treated and admitted for serious injuries. The vehicle operator was treated and released while the two occupants of the garbage truck were not injured.

The incident occurred at the Puerto Rico intersection on Middle Road.

Video footage of the incident went viral on social media Wednesday.  It shows that the gray Honda Ridgeline pickup truck was on full stop before it turned left. As it was turning left, a garbage compactor truck, which appeared to be traveling at  a high speed, slammed into the pick-up.  As of Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety had yet to issue an update.

In a statement on Tuesday, the DPS said responding officers saw a blue garbage truck resting on the southbound shoulder of the road “attached” to a silver Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, which was “resting on a wire railing facing the east direction with extensive damage to its right side of the body and throughout the bed area.”

Variety learned from the driver of the garbage truck that he was heading south on Middle Road when the gray Honda Ridgeline pickup truck turned left on a red light.

He said the pickup truck did not stop or yield at the intersection.

DPS said, “Due to the heavy weight and motion of speed of the garbage truck, it…pushed the pickup truck after the collision to its resting place against the wired railing. The collision caused two occupants seated in the bed of the pickup truck to be ejected causing serious injuries… One was pronounced dead.”

DPS said the crash is under further investigation to determine which operator was at fault and if speed was a contributing factor.

With K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol


Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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