One person (child) in fair condition and another three people (including one child) were seriously injured following a two-vehicle collision on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19) in Kīholo, North Kona Saturday morning (October 30th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawai'i Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawai'i Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19) in Kīholo, North Kona Saturday morning (October 30th).
The initial call came in at 10:31 am Saturday morning and HFD Crews from the South Kohala and Waikoloa Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the 81.5-mile marker on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway in Kīholo, North Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report came in that a White Mercedes Coupe (with 1 occupant) and Black Nissan SUV (with 3 occupants) collided head-on on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway below Kīholo Scenic Lookout at the 81.5-mile marker. The force of the collision caused the Black SUV to roll over and land off of the shoulder of Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway. The occupant of the Mercedes Coupe (a female in her 40s) was reported to be entrapped in the vehicle unable to self-extricate, however, the occupants of the SUV (a male in his 30s and two male children under the age of 7) were able to self-extricate prior to the arrival of emergency crews. Bystanders provided basic medical care until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
It was noted that Mercedes Coupe was reported to be passing other vehicles while on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway erratically prior to the collision being reported or occurred.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medic immediately took medical care for the three patients that self-extricated from the SUV, and HFD personnel worked to extricate the female patient in the Coupe. Once extricated, HFD Medic immediately began medical treatment of the female patient. Two HFD Medics then transported all 4 patients to the North Hawai'i Community Hospital with their conditions listed as fair to serious at the time of transport.
Due to emergency crews and vehicles working in the area, HPD Officers temporarily closed Highway 19 in Kīholo and later reopened one lane of the highway just after 11:10 am and all lanes just before 11:30 am Saturday morning.
HPD continues to investigate the collision.