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Puna Information Update # 2 for December 11th, 2019

Fatal two-vehicle collision in Mountain View leads to the temporary closure of Highway 11 Wednesday afternoon (December 11th).

We ask everyone, please withhold publishing details of this incident heard over the scanner due to the nature and level of the collision, as an investigation is ongoing at this time and ask everyone to be sensitive to the victims and their families. - Mahalo HIRSC Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) and the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) are on scene of a fatal two-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 11 near the 13-mile marker in Mountain View, Puna Wednesday afternoon (December 11th).

The initial call came in at 3:01 pm and HFD crews from the Kea'au Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located on Highway 11 just east of the 13-mile marker in Mountain View, Puna.

Initial reports came in that two-vehicles (one being described as an older model sedan and other as a pickup) had collided head-on on Highway 11 near the 13-mile marker and reported to both have flipped over with two people injured, one patient was reported to have been ejected from the vehicle and suffered traumatic injuries as a result of the collision. One driver has self-extricated and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.

Once HFD crews arrived on the scene, they immediately began life-saving measures on one patient and were conducting a medical assessment of another patient at the scene. HFD Medics later declared one patient (being described as female approximately in her 20-30's) dead-on-arrival (DOA) at the scene and the other patient had declined further medical treatment or transported.

Once the determination was made at the scene, HPD officers immediately closed Highway 11 near the 13-mile marker in Mountain View and motorists were being re-routed through North Kulani Road and Stainback Highway. HPD officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) were on scene conducting their investigation into the collision.

Traffic-related to the road closure in Mountain View was backed up past East Puainako Street in Hilo on Kanoelehua Avenue to Stainback Highway intersection. Some motorists reported being stuck in heavy traffic on North Kulani Road heading in both directions. Many motorists reported pulling into businesses and parking lots and waiting till the roadway was cleared.

This is the 24th Traffic Fatality for 2019 on Hawaii Island.

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