Wailua crash results in injuries, highway closure

WAILUA – Kuhio Highway in Wailua, near Marine Camp Road, was closed on Tuesday morning while police responded to a two-car crash that resulted in injuries.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., a Toyota SUV was heading north on Kuhio Highway when it crossed the center line and sideswiped a 16-passenger bus that was heading south.

The driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old Lihue man, was transported to Wilcox Hospital with serious injuries and has since been medevaced to Queen’s Hospital for further treatment.

The male driver of the bus, 71, of Kapaa, and his two male passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Wilcox Hospital. They have all since been released.

While police conducted further investigation of the crash, all lanes on Kuhio Highway were closed and traffic was initially alternated through the shoulder along the highway’s outer northbound lane.

Southbound traffic was later diverted through the Wailua Cane Haul Road, and northbound traffic continued along the shoulder of Kuhio Highway until police cleared the scene at about 11 a.m.

The incident remains under police investigation.

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