7 people taken to the hospital following a critical motor vehicle collision in Keauhou Wednesday afternoon (June 5th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to 2 vehicle accident on Highway 11 at the 117-Mile Marker Wednesday afternoon (June 5th).
The initial call came at 2:06 pm and crews from the Keauhou and Captain Cook Fire Stations responded to the scene located at the 117-Mile Marker on Highway 11. Upon the arrival of HFD crews, numerous witnesses reported a 2 vehicle collided head on with each other and numerous occupants of both vehicles reported to be injured. One of the occupants was reported to have traumatic injuries.
Once HFD crews arrived on scene, they immediately began triage of the patients and also extrication of patients from the vehicles. One patient (described to be a female in her 20's) was transported HFD Medic 6 to the Kona Community Hospital in extremely critical condition, where her condition remains unknown at this time.
HFD Medic 12 later transported 6 patients (described to be male and females with their ages in the 40's) to the Kona Community Hospital with their conditions ranging from good to serious condition.
HFD later turned the scene over to HPD and HPD officers immediately closed Highway 11 between Ha'awina Street to Kamehameha III Road while Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) officers responded to the scene to begin their investigation into the critical crash. Highway 11 is expected to be closed for at least 2-3 hours.
Around the same time period as this motor vehicle accident, another motor vehicle accident involving a total of 4 vehicles occurred at the intersection of Old Mamaloha Highway and Highway 11 (known locally as Honalo Junction), which no one was injured in that crash, but had snarled traffic in the area.