One person was critically injured and another in serious condition following a single-vehicle collision on Kalaniana'ole Avenue (Highway 1370) in Keaukaha, South Hilo early Thursday morning (July 15th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Kalaniana'ole Avenue (Highway 1370) in Keaukaha, South Hilo early Thursday morning (July 15th).
The initial call came in at 4:04 am Thursday morning and HFD Crews from the Waiākea, Central, and Haihai Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the South Hilo and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located near the intersection of Onekahakaha Road and Kalaniana'ole Avenue in Keaukaha, South Hilo.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews reports came that a single-vehicle (described as a 2009 silver Toyota sedan) was involved in a rollover type collision near the intersection of Onekahakaha Road and Kalaniana'ole Avenue. In the course of the collision, one occupant (described as a male approximately in his 30s) was ejected from the vehicle and found 20-feet from the vehicle on the roadway; suffering from critical injuries, and the other occupant (described as a female at the age of 18) was still inside the vehicle and reported to be conscious and alert. Bystanders at the scene provided basic medical care to the occupant outside of the vehicle until emergency crews arrived.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately worked to extricated the one occupant of the vehicle and HFD Medic began medical treatment on the patient that was ejected from the vehicle and later on the occupant extricated. HFD Medics then transported both patients to the Hilo Medical Center with their conditions listed as serious and critical, where at this time, no updates were provided on both patients.
Due to the condition of one patient at the time of transport, HPD Officers closed Kalaniana'ole Avenue between Andrews Avenue and Kamokuna Street while HPD TEU Officers arrived at the scene and began their investigation into the collision.
Residents of Keaukaha were redirected to use the emergency evacuation route as a detour while the investigation into the collision was underway. Kalaniana'ole Avenue was reopened just after 8:00 am Thursday morning.
HPD continues to investigate the collision.