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Fatal Collision Closes Road in Puna

December 11, 2019, 4:02 PM HST
* Updated December 11, 5:05 PM
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Update: 4:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

HPD Assistant Chief Sam Thomas confirmed the fatal crash in Puna was a head-on collision involving two vehicles. One fatality has been reported.

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

Police have confirmed a fatality as a result of a Wednesday crash on a Big Island roadway.

The Hawai‘i Police Department sent out a report at 3:30 p.m. of a traffic collision on Route 11 in Puna, which occurred near the 13 mile marker.

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HPD Assistant Chief Sam Thomas subsequently confirmed that at least one person has died as a direct result of the crash. He could provide no other information as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, including the name of the victim(s), how many vehicles were involved or how long the road may stay closed. Investigators remain on the scene.

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The incident marks the 24th fatal collision on Hawai‘i Island in 2019, which have claimed a total of 24 lives.

Route 11 is closed to traffic in both directions. Police suggest the public use Stainback Highway and N. Kulani Road to avoid the area.

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