A utility pole damaged in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) near Manuka State Wayside Park in Ka'ū Wednesday evening (January 20th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) and Colorado (Grand Junction) 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) near the Manuka Wayside State Park in South Kona Wednesday evening (January 20th).
The initial call came in at 7:52 pm Wednesday evening and HFD Crews from the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Ka'ū Patrol responded to the scene located near the 81-mile marker in Ka'ū.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came that a Silver Dodge Pickup collided with a utility pole holding guide wires and causing both the pole and guide wires to come down over Highway 11 blocking all lanes of traffic. In the course of the collision, the guide wires had also damaged the bed of a Black Chevy Pickup, that was traveling north on Highway 11 at the time of the incident. The operator of the Dodge pickup had reportedly left the scene on foot heading up into Manuka Wayside State Park prior to the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD and HPD personnel conduct an area search for the operator of the Dodge pickup and confirmed a guidewire utility pole was severely damaged and across Highway 11. A search of the area for the operator came up with negative findings for the operator. The operator and occupants of Black Chevy Pickup were uninjured.
Due to the safety hazard, HPD Officers temporarily closed all lanes of Highway 11 by Manuka Wayside State Park until HFD Crews and HECO (Hawaiian Electric Company) Troubleshooter could safely clear one lane of traffic.
Traffic on Highway 11 near Manuka Wayside State Park continues to be contra-flowed while HECO crews complete repairs to the guidewires and utility pole.