One person seriously injured and many residences left without power following a single-vehicle collision in Kealia, South Kona Monday evening (April 19th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Kealia, South Kona Monday evening (April 19th).
The initial call came in 6:11 pm Monday evening and HFD Crews from the Captain Cook Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located on Highway 11 near Fujihara Store in Kealia, South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports had come that a single-vehicle (described as a White Nissan Xterra) had collided with a utility pole along the makai (ocean side) of Highway 11 near Fujihara Store in Kealia, South Kona. The operator of the vehicle (described as a male in his 20s) had self-extricated from the vehicle and was awaiting the arrival of emergency crews. It was also noted transformer and transmission electrical lines were reported to be hanging low over Highway 11 and traffic at a standstill.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medic began a medical assessment of the patient at the scene and later transported the male patient to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition for further medical treatment and evaluation.
Due to the hazard from the electrical lines, HPD Officers closed Highway 11 between 102 and 103-mile markers in South Kona until HECO could arrive at the scene to begin repairs in the area.
However, a resident in the area generously allowed motorists to traverse around the scene through their front yard.
HECO also confirmed a power outage related to the collision was reported and left approximately 469 customers from Kealia to Honomalino/Miloli'i areas in South Kona without power.