LIHUE — Two men were in critical condition following a single-car wreck at the intersection of Kaumualii Highway and Nawiliwili Road early Friday.
According to a preliminary investigation, a 27-year-old Lawai man was turning from Nawiliwili Road onto the eastbound lane of Kaumualii Highway about 3 a.m. when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, a white two-door Nissan sedan, and struck a utility pole along the highway fronting Burger King.
Both the driver and his passenger sustained critical injuries. The driver remains at Wilcox Medical Center, but his 23-year-old passenger from Koloa has since been medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
The sedan was totaled and had to be towed from the scene.
One lane of Nawiliwili Road and one lane of Kaumualii Highway were closed until about 6 a.m., while police conducted an on-scene investigation.
Personnel from KIUC and the state DOT also responded to the scene Friday morning to assess and repair damage to the utility pole and traffic signal.
An investigation continues.