Five people are injured in a major two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in the Honokua Ahupua'a, South Kona late Thursday afternoon (August 12th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in the Honokua Ahupua'a, South Kona late Thursday afternoon (August 12th).
The initial call came in at 4:12 pm Tuesday afternoon and HFD Crews from the Captain Cook, Keauhou, and HOVE (Hawaiian Ocean View Estates) Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located in the area of the 99-mile marker on Highway 11 in Honokua Ahupua'a, South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report of two vehicles (one described as an older model Nissan SUV and the other described as an older model Chevy sedan) were involved in a head-on type collision and came to rest against a utility pole along the makai shoulder of Highway 11. Both vehicles had multiple occupants (all were described as a mix of male and female parties ranging in age from 14 to 50s) inside both and several were able to self extricate from the vehicle, while few others were entrapped within the vehicle. Bystanders provided basic medical care unit emergency crews arrived at the scene. It was later discovered that several occupants were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and had self-extricated from one of the vehicles.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medic immediately began medical evaluation of the patients at the scene, while HFD Crews worked to extricate the several patients from within both vehicles. Once patients were extricated from the vehicles, HFD Medics continued with a medical evaluation of those patients. HFD Medics then transported a total of five patients to the Kona Community Hospital with their conditions ranging from Fair (Good) to Serious. One female patient in her 50s had refused medical treatment and transport at the scene.
HPD continues to investigate the collision.