Major head-on collision leads to the temporary lane closure of Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) in Pu’uanahulu Friday afternoon (December 27th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a major two vehicle head-on collision that occurred on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (or Highway 19) 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 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 drivers 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 scene, they immediately worked to extricate the one driver from the sedan and also began medical treatment of the other occupants.
HFD Medics transported a total of 3 patients to the North Hawaii Community Hospital for further treatment. The conditions of each at the time of transport were not disclosed.
At this time, HPD had temporarily closed one lane of Queen Kaahumanu Hwy while they investigate the cause of the collision, but have since closed all lanes of Queen Kaahumanu Hwy while HPD officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) conducted their investigation and worked to clear the roadway.
Traffic heading northbound on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy was being diverted using the Southbound shoulder and Southbound traffic was being diverted up Waikoloa Road.
Details are slowly coming in and will provide an update as it becomes available.