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4 adults, 1 child killed in Hawaii island head-on crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 05:25 p.m. HST, Jan 23, 2013



The only survivor in this morning’s head-on collision on Hawaii island — a 7-year-old boy — has died.

He was initially flown by fire helicopter to the Kona Community Hospital in critical condition after the 10:17 a.m. crash on Highway 11 near Pahala.

West Hawaii Battalion Chief Steve Loyola confirmed the death and said the boy was a passenger in the car.

Four adults, three men and a woman, were found dead at the scene of the accident involving a Ford 350 truck, which was engulfed in flames, and a white Nissan Altima sedan.

There was no immediate information about which victims were in the truck or sedan.

There was extensive front-end damage to a truck and the sedan.

Firefighters found the truck in the Hilo-bound lanes when they arrived at the crash site at 10:24 a.m. In the Kona-bound lane was the Altima.

The accident occurred at 10:17 a.m. near the Punaluu Stream bridge

Hawaii County police closed portions of Highway 11 at the 54-mile marker just south of Pahala in both directions but reopened it in the afternoon.







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SueH wrote:
Closed for "two hours or more" from WHEN???
on January 23,2013 | 10:56AM
copperwire9 wrote:
From the article: "The road was expected to be closed for two hours or more, the county said at 11 a.m."
on January 23,2013 | 11:29AM
pgkemp wrote:
4 died, cmon newspaper, update us......
on January 23,2013 | 11:10AM
allie wrote:
YIKES...TOO MUCH WILD SPEEDING AND AGGRESSION ON THE bIG iSLAND AND WAY TOO MUCH METH AND OTHER DRUGS
on January 23,2013 | 11:26AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
YIKES!? TOO MUCH JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS AND TRYING TO SPECULATE. YOU HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM-GET HELP NOW!
on January 23,2013 | 12:32PM
silvangold wrote:
I soooooooooo agree....this gal who doesn't live in this state (she said so herself) sure don't think much of us who call this place home....... to her EVERYONE IS ON METH AND OTHER DRUGS.....how much drugs are YOU on allie?
on January 23,2013 | 01:51PM
jusjoking wrote:
no shame, can it already priness
on January 23,2013 | 02:10PM
frontman wrote:
So what does obama want to ban, cars? two lane roads? They will come up with something.
on January 23,2013 | 11:52AM
Skyler wrote:
Your timing stinks, seriously.
on January 23,2013 | 12:27PM
copperwire9 wrote:
You need a life, backman. And a little compassion. And some common sense.
on January 23,2013 | 02:15PM
st1d wrote:
lots of roads there don't allow for any mistakes. narrow, winding, bumpy, ditches. no mistakes.

prayers to the family.


on January 23,2013 | 04:11PM
entrkn wrote:
Seems like trucks and SUVs are involved and at fault in a lot of the accidents with fatalities in Hawaii... which means that some big changes are called for by our crack state lawmakers.
on January 23,2013 | 05:31PM
olos73 wrote:
On one of the evening news, a witness driving behind the car said the Nissan Altima crossed the solid line.
on January 23,2013 | 05:52PM
false wrote:
This is horrible. It's so hard to survive when people are not paying attention to driving. So sad.
on January 23,2013 | 05:48PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It takes two. If one of the drivers had seen an emergency ahead, one of the drivers would have gotten out of the way, including slowing down.
on January 23,2013 | 07:09PM
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