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Man dies in tanker-truck collision in Laupahoehoe

A man has died after he was involved in a head-on collision with a fuel tanker in Laupahoehoe on Hawaii island.

Positive identification is pending notification of next of kin.

Police said the man was traveling northbound on Highway 19 near the 25-mile marker in a 2002 Mazda pickup truck shortly before 1:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The vehicle then crossed the centerline and struck a 2015 Kenworth fuel tanker with a fuel tank trailer that was traveling southbound on the highway.

Police said the Mazda driver died at the scene. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Paramedics transported the fuel tanker driver, a 42-year-old Keaau man, to Hilo Medical Center in stable condition and he was eventually released.

Police said it’s unknown at this time whether speed or alcohol were factors.

This is the eighth traffic-related fatality on Hawaii Island this year compared to seven at the same time last year.

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