UPDATE (9:53 a.m.) The Hawaii Police Department reports that Highway 19 or Mamalahoa Highway in the area of Iokua Place or 55 mile mark in Waimea is now open to one lane of traffic only. The highway had been closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Utility crews are on scene and are working to replace a downed pole. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible
WAIMEA, Hawaii – Both Hawaii County Police and Hawaii County Civil Defense are reporting that a motor vehicle accident on Highway 19 near the 55 mile post has closed the highway in all directions.
According to a Hawaii County Civil Defense alert:
Readers point out that this is on the Hilo side of Waimea.
Authorities say avoid the area and use alternate routes if possible.
Police issued another update at 8:11 a.m. via Nixle:
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Civil Defense says the detour is limited to light vehicle traffic only and no commercial trucks or heavy equipment. The detour will be slow, and there will be significant delays.