Two people hospitalized following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Kealakekua Sunday evening (October 11th).
Published by: HIRSC - 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 Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Kealakekua Sunday evening (October 11th).
The initial call came in at 6:32 pm Sunday evening and HFD crews from the Captain Cook Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene above a business located at the 81-6600 block of Mamalahoa Highway in Kealakekua, South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came into HFD and HPD dispatch reporting a two-vehicles (description given was a Silver Mazda 3 hatchback and Orange Toyota Tacoma) had collided on Highway 11 near Waena'oihana Loop intersection, one the vehicles (Tacoma) was overturned on the roadway.
One occupant (described as a female in her 40's) in the Tacoma was reported to pin in the vehicle and unable to self-extricate suffering from serious injuries. The occupant of the Mazda 3 (described as a male in his 30's) was able to self-extricate and awaiting the arrival of emergency crews. Bystanders tried to extricate the female from the Tacoma, however, unsuccessful and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to extricate the female occupant out of the overturned Tacoma and began a medical assessment on the occupant of the Mazda 3.
Due to emergency crews on the roadway, HPD officers closed Highway 11 in both directions redirected traffic to use Ali'i Drive (as known as Hokulia or Mamalahoa Bypass) while emergency crews worked at the scene.
HFD Medics later transported both patients to the Kona Community Hospital with their conditions listed in fair (Good/Stable) to serious.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.