Three people seriously injured in two separate vehicle collisions on Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Honoka'a Wednesday evening (February 17th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Kamuela and Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of two separate vehicle collisions involving a total of three vehicles on Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Honoka'a Wednesday evening (February 17th).
The initial call came in at 8:33 pm Wednesday evening and HFD Crews from the Honoka'a Fire Station and HPD Officers from the Hāmākua District responded to the scenes located at the intersection of Pakalana Street and Highway 19 and on Highway 19 at the 43-mile marker in Honoka'a.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from nearby residents reporting initially a two-vehicle (T-Bone type involving Mazda Hatchback and Nissan SUV) collision that occurred at the intersection of Highway 19 and Pakalana Street in Honoka'a. Immediately following that collision, another vehicle (described as a Subaru SUV) traveling on Highway 19 had swerved to avoid the first collision and later collided into the guardrail near the 43-mile marker. All vehicles involved in both collisions were blocking all lanes of traffic on Highway 19. Bystanders at the scene provided basic medical care until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medic began a medical assessment of three patients (a female patient in her 60s, two male patients with ages ranging from 40s to 60s) and HFD and HPD crews assessed the damage of the vehicles involved. HFD Medic then transported all three patients to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition.
HPD Officers had temporarily closed Highway 19 between Plumeria Street and Mamane Street intersections HFD crews worked at the scene and until tow trucks could arrive at the scene clear all vehicles safely off the roadway.
Highway 19 was later reopened to all traffic just after 9:40 pm Wednesday evening.