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Car bursts into flames, driver safe

A FOUR-DOOR sedan caught fire after colliding with another car at the intersection of Quartermaster Road and Beach Road just before noon, Wednesday. The cause of the fire was unknown as of press time.

The driver sustained minor injuries, and was released from the hospital where he was treated.

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A Mitsubishi Lancer is on fire near the Quartermaster-Beach Road intersection at around 12 noon, Wednesday.  DFEMS photo

Jackie Rae, Department of Public Safety public information officer, said a black Mitsubishi Lancer was heading northbound on Beach Road in the inner lane while an unknown vehicle was traveling in the same direction in the outer lane and a red Mazda 3 was heading westbound on Quartermaster Road.

Rae said when the unknown vehicle made a right onto Quartermaster, the Mazda made a  sudden left onto Beach Road and collided head on with the Mitsubishi Lancer.

The 19-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi said the fire started under the hood of his car, then quickly spread throughout the rest of the vehicle.

He did not receive any burns from the fire but was transported to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released, Rae said.

The driver of the  Mazda 3 was a 43-year-old woman with two passengers at the time of the accident: a toddler and a 10-year-old, Rae said.

The female driver sustained a laceration behind her left ear and minor abrasions to her forearm, according to Derek Gersonde Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services public information officer.

Gersonde said the female driver and two minors were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

 After finding no major medical concerns after treatment, the driver, the toddler, and the minor child were released from the hospital, he added.

Gersonde said the cause of fire was still being investigated.

DPS issued no citations in connection with the vehicle collision, Rae said, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

DPS received the 911 call at 11:54 a.m. while DFEMS logged in the call at 11:58 a.m.

At 12:03 p.m.,  Forestry-1 and Rescue-1 from the Susupe Fire Station and Engine-2 and Medic-2 from the Garapan Fire Station arrived at the scene, Gersonde said, adding that by 12:11 p.m. the fire had been extinguished.

Asked why police officers did not use the fire extinguishers police vehicles are equipped with, Rae said the department will issue a statement in response to that question.