One person seriously injured in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 180 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Holualoa early Tuesday morning (February 9th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Highway 180 (Mamalahoa Highway) at Wai'aha Stream in Holualoa early Tuesday morning (February 9th).
The initial call came in 2:08 am Tuesday morning and HFD Crews from the Kailua Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located in Wai'aha Stream off of Highway 180 near the 5-mile marker in Holualoa.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from nearby residents reported hearing a person yelling and then a loud car horn going off in the vicinity of Wai'aha Stream bridge (which was dry at the time of collision). Upon further investigation, one nearby resident later found a Red Toyota 4-door sedan down an approximately 50-foot embankment within the Wai'aha Stream with one person (described as a male in his 30s) reported to still be trapped in the vehicle and sole occupant of the vehicle. The resident waited at the scene until the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD and HPD crews determined the male operator was conscious and alert at the scene and worked to extricate the male from the vehicle and from the Wai'aha Stream. The male operator suffered lower leg injuries and all parts of the vehicle suffered extensive damage as a result of the collision. Once extricated, HFD Medic then transported the male patient to the Kona Community Hospital with his condition listed as serious at the time of transport.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.