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Volcano Information Update for December 17th, 2019

A critical two-vehicle collision in Volcano leads to the temporary closure of Highway 11 near the 22-mile marker Tuesday evening (December 17th).


Due to the nature and level of the incident, the HIRSC team ask everyone to withhold publishing pictures, photos, or graphic details of the accidents heard over the scanner on social media. We also ask everyone to be sensitive to the victims involved and to their family members and friends. And also, due to the ongoing investigation happening at the scene.

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The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) are on scene of a critical two-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 11 near the 22-mile marker in Puna Tuesday evening (December 17th).


The initial call came in at 9:25 pm and HFD crews from the Volcano and Kea'au Fire Stations along with HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located on Highway 11 near the 22-mile marker near the intersection of Kahauale'a Road in Volcano Tuesday evening.


Initial reports came in that a two-vehicles had collided head-on on Highway 11 near the 23-mile marker and one person was reported to be trapped within the vehicle suffering from critical injuries. The occupant/operator of the other vehicle had self-extricated and awaiting the arrival of emergency crews. No further details were released.


At this time, HPD officers have closed Highway 11 near the 22-mile marker while HPD's Traffic Enforcement Unit arrives on the scene to begin their investigation into the collision.


Details are slowly coming in and will provide an update as more information becomes available.

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