KEAAU, Hawaii: The Hawaii County Fire department reports that one man has been found dead at the scene of a crashed Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut delivery truck in Keaau on Monday.
Fire crews responded to a 12:28 p.m. alarm on Macadamia Road. When they arrived, they found a “moving truck style” Mauna Loa delivery truck had apparently struck a pine tree, and its passenger cab was fully collapsed.
Officials say a 64 year old male was found dead on arrival.
The Hawaii County Police Department’s investigation continues.
UPDATE: Hawaii County Police have provided this update in a Tuesday news release:
A 67-year-old Hilo man died Monday (August 29) from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Macadamia Road, 1.6 miles east of Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 11).
The victim was identified as Reginald N. Iwasaki of a Hilo address.
Responding to a 12:49 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 2005 GMC van and traveling east on Macadamia Road when he drifted off the left side of the road and struck a tree.
The victim had to be extricated by Fire Department personnel and later transported to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. He was wearing a seat belt.
It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved in this crash.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Because this crash occurred on a private road, the death is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.