A single-vehicle collision into a utility pole near Pu'uanahulu leads to a road closure and injures three Monday morning (January 18th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision into a utility pole on Highway 190 (Mamalahoa Highway) near Pu'uanahulu Monday morning (January 18th).
The initial call came in at 7:09 am Monday morning and HFD Crews from the Makalei and Waikoloa Fire Station along with Chopper 2 and HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located on Highway 190 near Pu'uanahulu (or near the main entrance of Pu'uwa'awa'a Ranch).
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that single vehicle (described as a Ford Escape) was involved in a rollover collision on Highway 190 near Pu'uwa'awa'a Ranch main entrance and landed in an 8-foot ditch off of Highway 190. In the course of the rollover, the vehicle had also collided with a utility pole (holding electrical transmission lines and severely damaging it) and lines were across the roadway and one landed near the vehicle. Three occupants (An adult female in her 20s along with two children under the age of 5) were trapped in the overturned vehicle due to the electrical hazard present and were instructed not to extricate from the vehicles until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews received confirmation from HECO (Hawaiian Electric Company) Officials and Troubleshooter at the scene reported that the electrical lines were de-energized and were able to safely extricate the three occupants from the SUV, and HFD Medic began a medical assessment of all occupants at the scene. HFD Medic then transported all three occupants to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in fair condition.
HECO reported 130 customers in the Pu'uwa'a'wa'a and Pu'uanahulu area are without power due to a damaged utility pole from this collision and did not give an estimated time of restoration.
Due to the severely damaged utility pole and low hanging power lines, HPD Officers closed Highway 190 between Waikoloa Road (Highway 191) and Kaiminani Drive (Highway 198) to allow HECO and Hawaiian Telcom crews to complete repairs and replace the utility pole damaged. And also allow a truck to clear the SUV from the scene of the collision.
The estimated closure time is approximately 3-5 hours.