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Kea'au Information Update for October 26th, 2020

A three-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 11 (Volcano Highway) near the Shipman Industrial Area in Kea'au leads to a major traffic backup Monday afternoon (October 26th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a three-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Volcano Highway) near the Shipman Industrial Area in Kea'au Monday afternoon (October 26th).

The initial call came in at 2:49 pm Monday afternoon and HFD crews from the Kea'au and Paradise Park Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located just north the intersection of Kipimana Street and Highway 11 in the Kea'au bound (South) lanes.

Reports came in from HFD Medic 18 from Paradise Park Fire Station, who were to returning to quarters, had come upon a three-vehicle collision (vehicles involved were a Nissan SUV, Honda Sedan, and Silver Pickup Truck) just north of the Kipimana Street and Highway 11 intersection in the Kea'au bound lane. Medic 18 stop at the scene and conducted a medical assessment of all occupants of the vehicles. The vehicles were reported to still be on the roadway and blocking one lane of traffic.

Once other emergency crews arrived at the scene, HPD officers took over traffic control at the scene and document the collision. HFD Medic 18 continued with the medical assessment of all occupants and later determined all suffered no injuries (or refused further EMS treatment or transport) and HFD Engine 5 remained at the scene to assist with clearing the roadway.

Traffic on Highway 11 was reduced to one lane at the scene while HPD and HFD crews awaited the arrival of tow trucks to remove the vehicles from the roadway. HPD and HFD were able to have all lanes of Highway 11 cleared just after 4:00 pm Monday afternoon.

As a result of the collision, traffic on Highway 11 in Hilo was reported to be backed up as far as Lanikaula Street in Hilo. Traffic was also reported to be backlogged on Kilauea Avenue and Kino'ole Street as well.

It's unknown at this time if the new traffic signal at the intersection of Kipimana Street and Highway 11 or wet weather were contributing factors to the collision. HPD continues to investigate the incident.

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