(BIVN) – The overturned gas tanker fire on Highway 19 in Honomu has been put out.
At 5:20 a.m. Monday morning, fire personnel were able to extinguish the propane fire venting from the Gas Co tanker following a fatal, head on collision that occurred Saturday.
The blaze, which burned for three days, forced the extended closure of Highway 19.
According to fire officials, a passenger vehicle collided head on with the tanker on Sept. 2. When first responders arrived, the tanker was upside down with the cab on fire; the driver had already gotten out. The passenger vehicle was found with severe damage, and one female occupant was pronounced dead at scene. Three other passengers, and the Gas Co truck driver, were transported to Hilo Medical Center in various conditions.
Fire officials say approximately 1,750 gallons of liquid propane were on board the overturned tanker truck. The propane caught fire and was venting from the tank. Police had to divert traffic onto the Old Mamalahoa Highway.