Lawa’i accident sends 10 people to hospital

LAWA’I — An accident late Friday night near the intersection of Kaumuali’i

Highway and Koloa Road here sent 10 folks to the hospital, and tied up traffic

for at least two hours.

The impact between the Ford pickup truck and a

Chevy van caused front-end damage to both vehicles, and since every one of the

victims had some injuries, they were all taken to Wilcox Hospital on backboards

in case there were back and neck injuries, said Paul Silva, Kaua’i Fire

Department battalion chief.

The injured included people from Lawa’i,

Kilauea, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach and Arizona. None of the injuries

required overnight hospitalization, Silva said.

An off-duty paramedic and

nearby residents offered immediate assistance, while ambulance units were

called in and police and fire personnel responded, he continued.

Nobody was

pinned inside either vehicle. The injured people suffered from chest and hip

pain, bloody noses, assorted cuts and/or various other minor ailments as a

result of the impact, Silva said.

Also last week, someone telephoned in of

a landslide at Hanakapi’ai Falls that had injured someone, so Ken D’Attilio of

Inter-Island Helicopters flew rescue workers to Hanakapi’ai Beach, where the

injured female had walked with assistance from companions including a

doctor.

She told fire rescue personnel on the beach that she had no back or

neck pain, and didn’t lose consciousness.

The victim did complain of right

shoulder pain, and had a baseball-sized bruise on that shoulder, so was flown

to Princeville Airport to a waiting ambulance. She was taken to Wilcox

Hospital, treated and released.

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