A fatal two-vehicle collision leads to the temporary closure of Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 180) in Holualoa Saturday evening (April 18th).
Published By: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Section
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a fatal two-vehicle collision on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 180) in Holualoa Saturday evening (April 18th).
The initial call came in at 5:57 pm Saturday evening and HFD crews from the Keauhou Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Kona Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located at the 77-6100 block of Mamalahoa Highway (south of the 3-mile marker) in Holualoa.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that two-vehicles (described as Mini Cooper sedan and Toyota Tundra pickup) had collided head-on on Mamalahoa Highway and both the operator and occupant (described as both males, with one of their ages disclosed as in his 20's, the other was not disclosed) of Mini Cooper were trapped. The operator of the Toyota Pickup (described a male in his 40's) was able to self-extricate and was awaiting the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to extricated both patients from Mini Cooper with the use of rescue equipment and HFD Medics began a medical assessment on the operator of the Toyota pickup. Once extricated, Medics also began life-saving measures one of the male patients at the scene, however, late ceasing all life-saving measures and pronouncing the male DOA (Dead-On-Arrival) at the scene and continued with a medical assessment on the second male patient (in his 20's) extricated from the vehicle.
HFD Medics then transported two male patients (one from the sedan and the other from the pickup) to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition for further medical treatment.
Once that determination was made, HPD officers immediately shutdown Mamalahoa Highway between Ha'awina Street and Hualalai Road intersections while TEU officers arrived on scene to begin their investigation into the cause and circumstances into the collision.
This is the eighth fatal collision to occur on Hawaii Island roadways in 2020.