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BRUCE OMORI / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
Shown is the Honolii Mountain Outpost gate of the zipline operation belonging to Kapohokine Adventures. A worker was killed and another critically injured when a zipline tower collapsed this morning on Hawaii island.

 

HILO>> A Hilo-based eco-tourism company says it has suspended booking zip line tours until the cause of a fatal accident is fully understood.

Ted Callaway of Lahaina and a co-worker were in the process of testing a zip line north of Hilo last month when a tower collapsed and Callaway plunged 200 feet to his death. His co-worker Curtis Wright, of Miamisburg, Ohio, was critically injured.

The course has been closed since the incident. KapohoKine Adventures said Monday it halted booking all zip line tours pending a full evaluation of soil composition and structural integrity of the lines. 

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health division is conducting a workplace death investigation. 

 

 

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