One person fatally injured and another two people seriously injured following a fatal two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Honomalino (Ho'ōpūloa Ahupua'a), South Kona Saturday afternoon (May 15th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Maui (Makawao) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Honomalino (Ho'ōpūloa Ahupua'a), South Kona Saturday afternoon (May 15th).
The initial call came in at 3:37 pm Saturday afternoon and HFD Crews from the HOVE and Captain Cook Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located just south of the 88-mile marker on Highway 11 in Honomalino (Ho'ōpūloa Ahupua'a), South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came in that two vehicles (described as an older model dark-colored Nissan Frontier Pickup and Blue Ford F350 4-Door Pickup) involved in a broadside collision on Highway 11 south of the 88-mile marker in Honomalino. Both vehicles suffered very extensive damage and the force of the collision caused both vehicles to roll over and come to rest on their roofs. One vehicle had a total of 5 occupants, all had self-extricated or been extricated from the vehicle by bystanders. The second vehicle had one occupant entrapped (described as a male with age not disclosed) and another (described as a female in her 50s) was extricated with the assistance also of bystanders as well.
Bystanders worked to provide basic medical care to all patients until emergency crews arrived at the scene. All extricated patients reported have suffered minor to serious injuries as a result of the collision.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately worked to extricate the one occupant pinned within one of the vehicles and HFD Medic personnel began a medical assessment on all patients that were extricated from the vehicles prior to their arrival. Once HFD personnel had the patient extricated from the vehicle, HFD Medic personnel immediately began life-saving measures, however, later ceased all life-saving measures and declared the patient DOA at the scene.
HFD Medic personnel then transported two patients (both described as a female, one patient's age in her 50s and second in her teens) to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition for further medical treatment. 4 other patients at the scene (1 adult female and 3 children) had refused further medical treatment and transport at the scene.
Following the declaration made by HFD Medic, HPD Officers immediately closed Highway 11 between the 88 to 86-mile marker in Ho'opūloa, South Kona while TEU Officers arrived at the scene and began their investigation into the collision.
Traffic on Highway 11 was diverted and contra-flowed on Old Māmalahoa Highway while HPD TEU Officers completed their investigation into the collision and until the scene could be safely cleared.
The investigation remains ongoing and updates on the Highway 11 closure will be posted on our Facebook Page.
This is the tenth fatal traffic collision on Hawaii Island for 2021.