(BIVN) – Highway 19 remains closed Sunday, following yesterday’s fatal traffic collision involving a fuel tanker and an SUV.
At 11:45 a.m. Sunday, police updated their alert message to say that the road closure will remain in effect for the duration of the day and will likely extend into tomorrow. Earlier this morning, police reported the extended closure was due to leaking fuel.
“Vehicles outbound on Route 19 will be re-routed onto the Old Mamalahoa Highway in Pepeekeo,” police stated. “Vehicles inbound on Route 19 will be re-routed onto the Old Mamalahoa Highway from the Honomu transfer station road.”
No large trucks will be permitted onto the detour and must use alternate routes, police warned.
“Please drive with caution through the detour,” police said.
Hawaii County Civil Defense also issued a message:
This is a Civil Defense Message. This is a road closure update for Sunday September 3 at 11:45 AM. Hawaii Police Department advises that Highway 19 remains closed at this time due to a propane tanker fire resulting from a traffic crash yesterday. Honomu Road is also closed. Traffic is being routed over Old Mamalahoa Highway, but this detour is limited to passenger vehicles only. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to expect delays. Large vehicles need to use an alternate route. It is unknown at this time when the highway will be reopened. Again, Highway 19 remains closed at Honomu. Honomu Road is also closed. It is unknown at this time when the road will be reopened.