UPDATE – (10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7)
- Police say the trailer of a semi-truck overturned on Waikoloa Road at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, and collided with a 2013 Ford pickup truck that was stopped on the shoulder.
- The driver of the semi-truck, a 23-year old Hilo man, and the 39-year old male driver of the stopped pickup were both uninjured.
- The crash forced the closure of Waikoloa Road, police say.
From the Hawaiʻi Police Department:
The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating a traffic crash that lead to the closure of Waikoloa Road in South Kohala on Tuesday, September 6th.
Responding to a 3:25 pm call, police determined that a 2008 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer combination was traveling east on Waikoloa Road near the 7-mile marker when its trailer overturned dragging the semi-truck with it. The trailer also collided with a 2013 Ford pickup truck that was stopped on the shoulder.
The driver of the semi-truck, a 23-year old Hilo man, was able to extricate himself from the crash without injuries. The 39-year old male driver of the stopped pickup truck also escaped injury.
The crash caused Waikoloa Road to be partially blocked until crews arrived to tow away the semi-truck and trailer. Police closed the road at about 7:12 pm to allow the crews to work safely and re-opened it at about 8:22 pm.
Police do not suspect drugs, alcohol or speeding to be factors in this crash.
Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Officer Cacique Melendez at (808) 887-3080 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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