3 Jan 2014

Two dead, two missing, after car washed away in Samoa

4:20 pm on 3 January 2014

Two people are missing and two others have been confirmed dead in Samoa after the vehicle they were travelling in was swept down a flooded river which had destroyed part of the road.

The police say the family of seven did not realise the road at Ti'avea Aleipata had collapsed due to flooding.

They say the two people confirmed dead are the driver's three year old son and his male cousin who was 37.

The owner and driver of the vehicle, Iakopo Paiaaua Peteru, who is 33, his 22 year old brother and a 29 year old female relative have been admitted to Motootua Hospital and are in a stable condition.

Teams from Police Search and Rescue, Emergency services and villagers at Ti'avea Aleipata are searching for the driver's missing parents who are both over 60.