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Park rangers looking for witnesses in fatal two-vehicle accident

Hawaii National Park Service rangers today are looking for witnesses to a fatal two-vehicle accident on Highway 11 at the Namakanipaiao Campground intersection in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park yesterday afternoon.

Hawaii island police completely closed Highway 11 between mile markers 32 and 34 for several hours as they investigated the scene. Both lanes were reopened by 6:30 p.m.

Park rangers reported that two vehicles, a white Hyundai Elantra and a blue Toyota Scion, were involved in the accident at about 1 p.m.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 65-year-old man from New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene after medical crews attempted to resuscitate him using CPR.

The driver of the Toyota, a 33-year-old local man, was transported to Hilo Medical Center.

The identification of the victims is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with any information are asked to call Park Dispatch (808) 985 – 6170.

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