Accident delays student, staff

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.

  1. CommonSenseish January 14, 2020 12:11 pm Reply

    Put your phones down. All these accidents (except the Range Rover) lately have NOTHING to do with speed. It’s distracted driving…and probably a few pot holes. Glad everyone was OK but KPD needs to really crack down on cell phone use. I am CONSTANTLY seeing people on their phones while driving.

  2. Citizen Cane January 14, 2020 7:48 pm Reply

    Lucky no fatalities. This time. The solution is two-lane divided highways—at least for the island’s main “ring” road artery. How many of our kids have to die before the obvious solution is undertaken? Unfortunately it may take the loss of a life close to someone in leadership (sad but true). Then there’s the whole aspect of inefficiency: time-wasting, fuel-wasting, labor-wasting, leisure-wasting….life wasting. Kauai population has nearly doubled in the last 3 decades with more ppl owning cars—making our roads a lot more dangerous. Let’s take the increased concomitant road, fuel, property, GET and income tax revenues, and get our leadership motivated and get the necessary state and federal aid and build a decent 2-lane divided highway around the island. There are places that would love to have nothing but fallow cane fields in the way of road widening.

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