A 44-year-old Hawaii Army National Guard soldier was critically injured last night at the Big Island’s Pohakuloa Training Area when the Humvee he was driving flipped over on Saddle Road.
The soldier from Ewa Beach, whose name was not released, is at the Queen’s Medical Center after he was flown to Honolulu from the North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea. He was last reported in critical condition.
The soldier was driving west on Old Saddle Road about 6:40 p.m. when he swerved to avoid a goat which had jumped on the road, Hawaii County police said. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road, up an embankment. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and pinned underneath, police said.
A 21-year-old soldier from Kalihi, who was a passenger in the Humvee, was not hurt.
The accident occurred on Saddle Road, about half mile west of the 36-mile marker, which is between the Army post’s main gate and Bradshaw Army Air Field,
The injured soldier is assigned the 29th Brigade Combat Team’s B Battery, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery.
About 2,000 Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers are currently conducting their annual training at Pohakuloa.