One person was fatally injured, two others were injured in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Captain Cook, South Kona early Saturday morning (November 13th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawai'i Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Captain Cook, South Kona early Saturday morning (November 13th).
The initial call came in at 5:55 am Saturday morning and HFD Crews from the Captain Cook Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located at the 81-6300 block of Māmalahoa Highway (or north of Ali'i Drive and Napo'opo'o Road intersection in Captain Cook, South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came in from nearby residents on Māmalahoa Highway reporting two vehicles (one is being described as a 2016 Ford F250 Pickup Truck and the other a 2017 Toyota Tacoma) collided in an apparent head-on on the roadway. Upon further investigation by residents, they later discovered one occupant (described as a male in his 20s) was pinned within one of the pickup trucks, which was reported to be engulfed in flames. Two other occupants (a female in her 30s and a male in his 40s) from both pickups were able to safely extricate with the assistance of bystanders.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews worked to extinguish the fire pickup truck engulfed in flames and later extricated the male occupant from the pickup truck and HFD Medic personnel began a medical assessment of the two other patients at the scene. Once the fire was extinguished and the patient was extricated from the vehicle, HFD Medic immediately began medical assessment and life-saving measures on the male occupant, however sadly, the male occupant suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced DOA at the scene. HFD Medic then later transported the two other patients to the Kona Community Hospital in fair condition.
Following determination made by HFD Medic personnel, HPD Officers immediately closed Highway 11 between Keopuka Mauka Road and Ali'i Drive/Napo'opo'o Road intersection while TEU Officers arrived at the scene and began their investigation into the collision.
HPD continues to investigate the collision.