Single-vehicle collision leads to the closure of Palani Road and a power outage that effected 1,275 customers in the Kealakehe area Saturday afternoon (February 8th).
(Out of Kailua-Kona) The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a single-vehicle collision on Palani Road in Kailua-Kona Saturday afternoon (February 8th).
The initial call came in at 4:47 pm Saturday afternoon and HFD crews from the Kailua Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the 38-mile marker on Palani Road in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a pickup truck (being described as Honda midsize pickup) had collided with a large utility pole on the mauka (mountainside) shoulder of Palani Road at the 38-mile marker, causing the vehicle to roll over. The collision also severely damaging the utility pole, bringing down electrical, telecommunication, and cable television lines, which came to rest atop the pickup truck. Due to the down utility lines, two occupants (a female in her 20's and male his 30's) of the pickup were unable to safely exit the vehicle and waited in place until emergency crews arrived on scene to safely extricate them.
Once emergency crews arrived on the scene, they immediately worked to get the occupants of the vehicle, however, due to the downed utility lines/hazard present, they had to wait for confirmation from Hawaiian Electric Company - Hawaii Island (HECO) officials that utility lines were de-energized prior accessing the vehicle and beginning extrication work of the occupants inside the pickup. Once de-energized, HFD crews worked to safely extricate the occupants out of the vehicle.
Once both occupants were extricated, HFD Medics conducted a medical assessment and later transported them to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition.
Shortly after the collision had occurred, HPD officers had shut down all lanes of Palani Road between Konalani Street and Ane Keohokalole Highway/Henry Street intersections due to the downed utility pole and low hanging wires over the roadway. HPD estimates Palani Road would be closed up to 10 hours while HECO, Hawaiian Telcom, and Spectrum crews worked to complete repairs. As of 10:30 pm Saturday evening, all utility companies were still on scene completing repairs and Palani Road remained closed to all traffic.
HECO officials reported that 1,275 customers were without power due to the collision involving a utility pole. HECO officials were able to have power restored to all customers just after 8:15 pm Saturday evening. The power outage also affected traffic signals a few intersections on Palani Road and HPD officers were controlling traffic at those intersections until power was restored to those signals.