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Hawaii Island Traffic Incidents Update for November 24th, 2019

Emergency Crews on Hawaii Island responded to 19 different traffic incidents on Friday, November 22nd to Saturday, November 23rd.

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a total of 19 different traffic collisions around Hawaii Island from 12 am Friday, November 22nd to 11:59 pm Saturday, November 23rd.


Breakdown on the traffic incidents by district:

We highlight a few notable incidents that have occurred over the past couple of days on Hawaii Island.


  • The first notable incident occurred on Friday (November 22nd) in Puna on Highway 11 (Volcano Hwy) at the 13-mile marker fronting Hilo Coffee Company at 9:37 am. Reported 2 vehicles (Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota Camry) collided in Hilo bound lane on Volcano Hwy with the 2 occupants from the Jeep complaining of injuries and awaiting the arrival of emergency crews. A 35-year-old female was transported to the Hilo Medical Center in Good Condition.

  • The second notable incident occurred Friday evening in Puna at the intersection of Ilima Street & Highway 130 at 11:29 pm. Reports came in that 2 vehicles were involved in a collision and nearby residences reported a loud crash. No injuries were reported with this incident.

  • The third notable incident occurred Saturday morning (November 23rd) in Puna on Highway 11 & North Peck Road in Mountain View at 2:15 am. Reports came in that a vehicle collided with a utility pole with live wires down and the driver fled the scene and one occupant had self-extricated from the vehicle awaiting the arrival of emergency crews. A 40-year-old male was transported to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition.

  • The fourth notable incident occurred Saturday morning in South Hilo on Old Mamalahoa Hwy at the Onomea Bay Lookout at 10:39 am. Reports came in that a pickup truck had driven too far forward while parking at the lookout and was hanging over the embankment with the driver still in the vehicle waiting for emergency crews to arrive on the scene. HFD crews secured the pickup and extricate the driver, the driver was uninjured.


One incident that was not a traffic collision, however, affected traffic in North Kona was:

  • An oil spill that occurred Friday evening fronting residences on Kaiminani Drive in the Kona Palisades subdivision at 5:33 pm. Crews from the Makalei Fire Station (West Hawaii Hazardous Material Response Team) responded to the scene. Hazmat crews cleaned and contained a small oil spill (approximately less than <5 Gallons) on the roadway. One lane of Kaiminani Drive was closed for approximately 45 minutes while crews worked to clean the spill.

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