Two people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19) in Puakō, South Kohala late Saturday afternoon (July 17th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19) in Puakō, South Kohala late Saturday afternoon (July 17th).
The initial call came in at 4:21 pm Saturday afternoon and HFD Crews from the South Kohala and North Kohala Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the South Kohala Patrol responded to the scene located on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway just north of the 72-mile marker in Puakō, South Kohala.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that two vehicles (one is being described as a Ford Midsize SUV and the other described as a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle) had collided in the southbound lane on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway near the 72-mile marker. In the course of the collision, the riders of the motorcycle (one described as a male in his 40s and a female in her 40s) were thrown a short distance off the motorcycle onto Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway.
Both riders of the motorcycle were reported to have suffered serious injuries and bystanders at the scene provided basic medical care until emergency crews arrived at the scene. The operator of the SUV was not injured. It was also noted that both riders of the motorcycle were not wearing helmets.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medic personnel immediately took over medical care of both patients at the scene and then transported both patients to the North Hawaii Community Hospital with their conditions being listed as serious at the time of transport.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.