Two adults and one toddler seriously injured following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 near Waiea Transfer Station late Tuesday afternoon (November 10th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa and Kamuela) 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 the area of Waiea Transfer Station in South Kona Tuesday afternoon (November 10th).
The initial call came in at 4:03 pm Tuesday afternoon and HFD crews from the Captain Cook and Keauhou Fire Stations along with HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located approximately 1/2-mile south of the Waiea Transfer Station in South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting two sedans (both being described as Toyota Corolla sedans) were involved in a collision, in which one of the sedans had rolled over and gone down a 15-foot embankment off of Highway 11 with the operator of the vehicle (described as a female in her 20's) was still trapped in the vehicle. The other sedan was reported to still be on the roadway, blocking traffic, and two occupants (one being described as a female in her 20's and a male toddler under the age of 5) suffering from injuries related to the collision. Bystanders provided basic medical care on all patients until emergency crews could arrive at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to extricate occupants from both vehicles and HFD Medics triaged all patients at the scene. Once extricated, Medics then transported all three patients to the Kona Community Hospital, with all their conditions being listed as serious at the time of transport.
All lanes of Highway 11 in Waiea were closed while emergency crews worked safely at the scene. As a result of the closure, traffic was at a standstill in the area, reports from the field the HIRSC Team received was traffic was backed up as far as Ho'okena heading south and northbound traffic was backed all the way to Kona Paradise Subdivision.
At last check as of 6:10 pm Tuesday evening, HPD officers reported tow trucks were at the scene to begin clearing the roadway.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.