Two crashes cause two-hour traffic jam

Two highway crashes at the end of the morning rush hour caused a two-hour traffic jam, and two victims remain hospitalized at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

A pick-up truck crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision with a sedan at 7:55 a.m. near the entrance to Kahili Mountain Park, police said.

After the crash, police directed Lihu’e-bound motorists to turn around. Most people ended up driving down ‘Oma’o Road and back up through Maluhia Road. But in the apparent commotion of the makeshift detour, a rear-end collision occurred at the Maluhia Road-Kaumuali’i Highway junction at 8:05 a.m.

KCC students and Westside commuters were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for about two hours in the Tree Tunnel leading to Koloa.

Upon arrival of American Medical Response ambulances, one person was unconscious and the other patient was speaking, police said.

Two patients from the two crashes were admitted to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, said Lani Yukimura, Wilcox Health Marketing & Communications director. One remains in critical condition, the other victim is listed in serious condition.

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