Wrecks close roads in Wailua, Puhi

LIHU‘E — Friday was not a good day on Kaua‘i to be on the road. At least two accidents caused some moderate damage to vehicles and an utility pole, closing roads in different parts of the island, but no injuries have been reported.

The first accident happened in Puhi, near Kaua‘i Community College. At about 3 p.m., a 1996 Kenworth tractor-trailer was lowering its truck bed along the mauka shoulder of Kaumuali‘i Highway when it hit overhead utility lines, according to county spokeswoman Sarah Blane.

An utility pole fell partially on the highway, with its utility lines crossing the highway fronting the Harley Davidson store.

Traffic was diverted for roughly an hour. Eastbound traffic was diverted onto Kipu Road while westbound traffic was diverted onto Hulemalu Road.

Crews from Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative, Hawaiian Telcom and Oceanic Cable responded to the scene.

Both lanes of the highway were reopened at about 4:30 p.m.

In Wailua, roughly an hour after the first accident, at approximately 4 p.m. a black Ford hit the rear end of a green Chevrolet, causing the Chevrolet to hit a white Toyota that was at a stop on Kuamo‘o Road, in the vicinity of ‘Opaeka‘a, according to Kaua‘i Police Department.

The roadway was closed for about half an hour while officers conducted their investigation.

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