Critical Head-On Collision in the Pu'uanahulu/Waikoloa Beach leads to temporary lane closures of Queen Kaahumanu Highway Friday afternoon (December 27th).
The incident originally listed a major accident was since upgraded to a critical collision due to the condition of one patient.
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a critical two-vehicle head-on collision that occurred on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (or Highway 19) in the Pu'uanahulu/Waikoloa Beach area on Friday afternoon (December 27th).
The initial call came in 4:49 pm and HFD crews from the South Kohala, Waikoloa, and Waimea Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Chopper 2, and HPD officers from both the South Kohala and Kona Patrols responded to the scene located on Queen Kaahumanu Highway just north the Pu’u Pohaku Drive (Road to Pu’uanahulu Landfill) intersection.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that two vehicles (one being described as utility/work van and other as a small four-door sedan) collided head-on on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy near the Pu’u Pohaku Drive. Also, reports came in that multiple people were injured and one of the occupants was reported to be pinned within one of the vehicles. Other occupants were reported to not be pinned and were awaiting the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived on the scene, they immediately worked to extricate the one driver from the sedan and also began medical treatment of the other occupants.
HFD Medics transported one female patient (her being disclosed as in her 40's) in critical condition and two male patients (ages in 40's & 60's) in serious condition, all to the North Hawaii Community Hospital for further medical treatment, where at this time, no updates were given on all patients conditions.
HPD officers had temporarily shut down the Northbound lanes of Queen Kaahumanu Highway between Pu'u Pohaku Drive to the North Kona/South Kohala District boundaries, while officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) conducted their investigation into the causes and circumstances of the collision and worked to clear the roadway.
Traffic on Queen Kaahumanu Highway heading southbound was redirected up Waikoloa Road (Route 191) to Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) and Northbound traffic was contra-flowed using the southbound lane shoulder. Traffic heading into Waikoloa Beach area was backed up for miles on Queen Kaahumanu Highway and many motorists had turned around and used alternate routes of Mamalahoa Highway.
At about 10:40 pm Friday evening, Queen Kaahumanu Highway was reopened to all traffic.