One person critically injured following a single-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Kealia Tuesday evening (October 27th).
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 Tuesday evening (October 27th).
The initial call came in at 5:26 pm Tuesday evening and HFD crews from Captain Cook and HOVE (Hawaiian Ocean View Estates) Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the 101-mile marker on Highway 11 in Kealia.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a vehicle (described as a Tan Nissan Sentra) had run off the roadway, struck a tree, and went down a 10-foot embankment. A single occupant/operator of the vehicle (described as a female in her 50s) was reported to be pinned with the vehicle and suffered critical injuries as a result of the collision. Bystanders provided basic medical aid until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HPD officers closed all lanes of Highway 11 at the 101-mile marker while HFD crews worked to extricate the operator from the vehicle. Once extricated, HFD Medics immediately began life-saving measures on the operator and later transported the female patient to the Kona Community Hospital in critical condition.
Highway 11 was reopened to all traffic shortly after the patient was transported to the hospital, however, HPD officers remained at the scene and continued their investigation into the collision.