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.