One person seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision on Palani Road in Kailua-Kona Friday evening (January 1st).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Utah (St. George) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Palani Road in Kailua-Kona Friday evening (January 1st).
The initial call came in at 8:23 pm Friday evening and HFD crews from the Kailua Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located on Palani Road at the 36-mile marker (west of Hao Kuni Street intersection) in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous nearby residents and bystanders report hearing a loud crash on Palani Road and initially thought to have involved approximately five vehicles, however, upon further investigation by bystanders found only two vehicles (described as dark-colored Toyota Pickup and silver Toyota sedan) were involved in side-swipe type collision and both vehicles suffered major damage and blocking both lanes of Palani Road. Bystanders began providing basic medical care for the occupants of the vehicles until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately began a medical assessment of all occupants of the vehicles involved. Only one patient (described as a male in his 20s) required further medical treatment and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition.
Upon further investigation, HPD received another call of possibly another vehicle involved in this collision and later discovered a third vehicle (described as a Mercedes-Benz sedan) was involved and was at a place of residence located off of Hao Kuni Place in Kailua-Kona. The operator of the vehicle (who was uninjured following the collision) later made contact with HPD Officers and documented the damage and recorded a statement in relation to this traffic collision.
Palani Road between Hao Kuni Street and Uluaoa Street was temporarily closed for one hour while HFD and HPD crews worked at the scene and until a tow truck arrived to clear the vehicles from Palani Road.
Editor Note: This was the 5th traffic collision for West Hawaii (4 in East Hawaii making a total of 9 for the entire island of Hawaii) occur on January 1st. Further breakdown of events that happened during the New Year's holiday will be released at a later date.