Fatal Two-Vehicle Accident leads to the temporary closure of Highway 19 in Ahualoa Monday morning (November 25th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) and the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) are on scene of a critical two-vehicle (head-on type) accident that occurred on Highway 19 in Ahualoa Monday morning (November 25th).
The initial call came in at 5:57 am Monday morning and HFD crews from the Honoka'a and Waimea Fire Station along with and HPD officers from the Hamakua Patrol responded to the scene located on Highway 19 just east of Camp Honokaia (Boy Scout Camp).
Preliminary details that the HIRSC team has received were two vehicles (Dodge pickup truck and a Honda Civic) collided head-on in the area just east of Camp Honokaia. One of the vehicles had overturned as a result of the collision and two people were reported injured, one of which was reported to be extremely critical, as a result of the collision. Bystanders on scene provided basic medical aid until emergency crews arrived.
Once HFD crews arrived on scene, crews immediately worked to extricate the patients from the vehicle and took over medical care of both patients (ages or gender was not disclosed at the time of update). HFD Medics later pronounced one patient DOA (Dead On Arrival) at the scene and one person taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition.
Currently, at this time, Highway 19 is closed between Lakeland Subdivision and Honoka'a. Local traffic can use the alternate route through Old Māmalahoa Hwy - Ahualoa. All large trucks and buses must use Daniel K. Inouye Hwy (or Saddle Road) as an alternate route.
Highway 19 in Ahualoa expected to be closed for the next 4-5 hours while HPD officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) conduct their investigation into the crash.