Car catches fire after accident

KILAUEA — A car was engulfed in flames Monday morning near the Kapuna Road intersection on Kuhio Highway after a crash with another vehicle in Kilauea, authorities said.

A Hanalei woman was driving a gray Toyota SUV south on Kuhio Highway when it broadsided a silver Subaru SUV that was attempting to turn left from Kapuna Road onto the highway about 7:45 a.m, police said in a news release.

Both vehicles were able pull over to the shoulder of the highway.

The female driver of the Toyota then exited her vehicle to check on the female operator of the Subaru, when the unoccupied Toyota began to roll down the highway and caught fire, police said.

The Toyota was fully engulfed in flames with the firefighters from the Hanalei station arrived to extinguish the blaze.

“The whole car was burnt to the ground,” said one neighbor, who lives across the street. “I had to close my windows because there was so much smoke.”

The 58-year-old female driver of the Toyota and the driver of the Subaru, a 43-year-old Kilauea woman, were not injured, the release said. The highway remained open in both directions until both vehicles could be towed from the scene.

Police and firefighters cleared the area about 9:30 a.m., neighbors confirmed.

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