LIHUE — Students coming from the Westside heading to Kauai High School or Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School were late for class Monday morning due to an accident.
The two-vehicle crash happened around 6:13 a.m. A 49-year-old Kalaheo woman was driving a 1999 Lexus eastbound on Kaumuali’i Highway in the vicinity of Kuli Road when she crossed the center line into westbound traffic and collided head-on with a 2015 Peterbuilt Tractor with a tanker trailer driven by a 59-year-old Anahola man, according to a county spokesperson.
The woman was reportedly driving in the dark without headlights, the county said. The female driver was transported to Wilcox Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the male driver reported no injuries.
Meanwhile, Monday morning weather conditions and unpredictable Hanalei River levels on the North Shore caused buses, for the second straight school day, to be put on standby for Hanalei Elementary, Kapaa Middle and High School students. However, schools remained opened as usual, said Bill Arakaki Kauai Complex Area superintendent.