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Volcano Information Update for October 19th, 2020

One person seriously injured following a two-vehicle (head-on) collision on Highway 11 (Volcano Road) near Glenwood Gardens subdivision Sunday evening (October 18th).

Published by: HIRSC - Utah (Ogden) and Nevada (Henderson) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle (head-on) collision on Highway 11 (Volcano Road) near Glenwood Gardens subdivision in Puna Sunday evening (October 18th).

The initial call came in at 10:01 pm Sunday evening and HFD crews from the Kea'au and Volcano Fire Stations along with HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the intersection of Lehuanani Street and Volcano Road in Glenwood.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came into both the HFD and HPD dispatch reporting two-vehicles (both being described as black Mazda sedan and silver Toyota SUV) had collided head-on on Highway 11 by Lehuanani Street. Bystanders went to check on the conditions of operators of both vehicles, determined a female (driver of the SUV, described as being in her 30s) has suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision, and were providing basic medical aid until crews arrived at the scene. The operator of the sedan (described as a male with age not disclosed), had self-extricated and suffered injuries, however, was attempting to leave the scene, but bystanders at the scene prevented the operator from leaving the scene and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to extricate the female from the SUV and allow HFD Medics to continue medical treatment. Once extricated, HFD Medics then transported the female to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition. HFD Medics began conducting a medical assessment of the male operator.

The male operator of the sedan had refused further medical treatment or transport at the scene, however, was taken into HPD custody shortly after being evaluated by HFD Medics. HPD did not immediately disclose the circumstances for the male being taken into custody, as that is currently under investigation.

Highway 11 was temporarily blocked while HFD and HPD crews worked at the scene and all lanes were later cleared to all traffic at around 11:30 pm Sunday evening.

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