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.
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
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.