Two people seriously injured in a single-vehicle collision in Hōnaunau, South Kona Friday evening (March 19th) leading to the closure of Keala O Keawe Road.
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 Keala O Keawe Road (Highway 160) in Hōnaunau, South Kona Friday evening (March 19th).
The initial call came in at 6:59 pm Friday evening and HFD Crews from the Captain Cook Fire Station along with the HPD Kona Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located on Keala O Keawe Road near the 3-mile marker in Hōnaunau, South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a single-vehicle (described as a sedan, the vehicle was badly damaged) was involved in a rollover collision, went over a guardrail, and ran 30-feet off the roadway in open pasture land near Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau (City of Refuge) National Historical Park. Upon further investigation by bystanders, they found two people (one being described as a male 19-years-old and a female in her 20s) reported to have entrapped in the vehicle and the vehicle was reported to be fully engulfed and spreading to surrounding brush near the scene. Bystanders then pulled one of the two parties out of the vehicle and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately worked to extinguish the fire and extricate the second occupant and HFD Medic personnel immediately began providing medical care for both patients at the scene. HFD Medics then transported both patients to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition. HFD personnel had the fire extinguished shortly after arriving at the scene.
Once HFD Medic transported both patients to the Kona Community Hospital, HPD Officers closed Keala O Keawe Road between the City of Refuge and Painted Church Road, while HPD officers from TEU began their investigation into the collision.