People who gave priority to video recording on their cellphones a fatal accident in the early hours of Friday morning, left the emergency rescue services, FESA, in shock.
A car burst into flames when it struck a solid cement traffic block at an island crossing at Vailoa.
One person died and a second survived but was last reported in serious condition at the national hospital.
What was shocking to FESA Assistant CEO, Tanuvasa Mr. Petone Mauga, is the sense of emergency in the video photographers.
“Instead of calling the police or FESA for emergency help they took out their cellphones and started filming the accident,” Tanuvasa complained.
The FESA spokesman worried about the need to be called in as quickly as possible to offer emergency assistance to the victims.
Public safety has to be protected as well from any risks that could come from the extent of the accident when the car caught fire.
“The fire could have been worse and it’s a relief the flames did not spread to other areas and increase the risk of causing more harm and damage. "
"Before anything else, the onlookers should do their job and call for emergency service as the first thing to do.
“ This will allow us to arrive on time, take out the flames and defuse the incident, like removing the battery and other possible explosives that might cause more harm."
The people who were at the scene of the accident helped remove the victims from the car.
Tanuvasa told Newsline Samoa that this was not the first time FESA has responded to a road crash where the vehicle went up in flames.
A van and a bus were the more recent and there were no fatalities.