Five injured in crash that closed Maluhia Road

KOLOA — A portion of Maluhia Road near the Tree Tunnel in Koloa was closed in both directions for several hours Friday, following a two-vehicle crash that resulted in injuries.

Two people suffered life-threatening injuries, three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and another person was uninjured.

According to a preliminary investigation, five occupants from Canada were heading northbound in a Nissan SUV on Maluhia Road shortly before 3 p.m., and apparently crossed the center line and struck a southbound tractor trailer in a head-on collision.

Kauai police closed Maluhia Road for about five-and-a-half hours while they conducted an investigation and worked to clear the road. Additional time was needed in order to tow the tractor trailer.

Two occupants from Canada who suffered life-threatening injuries were medevaced to Queen’s Hospital, two other occupants from Canada were admitted to Wilcox Medical Center, and the fifth occupant in the Nissan SUV was treated and released. The driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured.

An investigation continues.

  1. Sheeples January 27, 2019 5:32 am Reply

    Driving home from work in the maddening traffic that day was a very stressful experience. Even as the ambulance and police were approaching, another tourist laden minivan thought it would be a good idea to pass on the shoulder as people were stopping to let the first responders pass to the scene. The attitude of tourists owning whatever space they are at without regard for their environment and others is poisoning the destinations they rush around to see. Too many cars on this small rock that is not so big to need to be so hurried and inconsiderate.. not a peep about it since the elections, just bidness(tongue-in-cheek)as usual!

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