Two people hospitalized following a head-on collision on Highway 19 near Kapehu Camp in North Hilo Wednesday evening (October 14th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa and Hilo) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) in the area of Kapehu Camp in North Hilo Wednesday evening (October 14th).
The initial call came in at 6:59 pm Wednesday evening and HFD crews from the Laupahoehoe and Central Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the North Hilo and Hamakua Patrols responded to the scene located at the 23-mile marker (or Hilo side of Kapehu Stream bridge).
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came in from bystanders reporting a two-vehicles (described as a White Toyota Tacoma and Silver Toyota RAV4) had collided head-on on Highway 19 and blocking all lanes of traffic. Occupants of the vehicles (described as female in her 40s, Male in his 40s, and male in his teens) had suffered injuries and bystanders assisted them out of the vehicles provided basic medical aid until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews and medics took over medical treatment of all the occupants at the scene. HFD Medics then transported 2 patients (Both males, with their ages listed as teens and 40s) to the Hilo Medical Center in good (fair) condition. The female patient refused further medical treatment or transport at the scene.
Due to the vehicles blocking all lanes of Highway 19, HPD officers temporarily closed Highway 19 at the 23-mile marker while HFD crews worked at the scene and until a tow truck could arrive at the scene and clear both vehicles.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.