3 people seriously injured in a four-vehicle collision on Kanoelehua Avenue (Highway 11) near Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo Wednesday evening (March 31st).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a four-vehicle collision on Kanoelehua Avenue (Highway 11) near Prince Kuhio Plaza in South Hilo Wednesday evening (March 31st).
The initial call came in at 9:23 pm Wednesday evening and HFD Crews from the Haihai, Waiākea, and Central Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located on Highway 11 in the Hilo Bound Lanes near the intersection of Maka'ala Street and Kanoelehua Avenue in South Hilo.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came in both HFD and HPD Dispatch reporting a vehicle (described as a Mazda Van) had lost control while attempting to make a turn at the intersection of Maka'ala Street and Kanoelehua Avenue, collided with multiple vehicles (being described as a Honda SUV, Kia SUV, and unknown type sedan). All occupants of the three vehicles were able to self-extricate from their prospective vehicles, however, the two occupants (described as a female in her 20s and a male infant under the age of 1) reported be entrapped within the van, both were conscious and alert. Bystanders worked to provide medical aid to one operator (described as another female in her 20s) until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately worked to extricate the two occupants from the van, and HFD Medics conducted a medical assessment on the other occupants of the three vehicles involved and later began a medical assessment of the two occupants in the van. HFD Medics then transported all three patients to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition for further medical treatment.
Due to the size of the scene, HPD Officers closed the Hilo Bound Lanes of Kanoelehua Avenue between Puainako Street and Maka'ala Street while HFD Crews worked at the scene and tow trucks could arrive at the scene to clear all the vehicles. One lane heading Puna Bound was closed due to a traffic signal damaged in the course of the collision and DPW officials were en-route to complete repairs.
The traffic signal at the intersection was also out due to the collision and HPD Officers were conducting traffic control until DPW Officials could restore the normal signal operations.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.