Police Investigating Semi Tractor-Trailer Crash That Closed Portion of Waikōloa Road
Big Island police are investigating a traffic crash that closed a portion of a South Kohala roadway Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Responding to a 3:25 p.m. call, police determined a 2008 Kenworth semi tractor-trailer was traveling east on Waikōloa Road near the 7-mile marker when its trailer overturned, dragging the semi with it. The trailer also collided with a 2013 Ford pickup truck that was stopped on the shoulder.
The driver of the semi, a 23-year old Hilo man, was able to extricate himself from the vehicle without injuries. The 39-year-old male driver of the stopped pickup truck also escaped injury.
The crash caused Waikōloa Road to be partially blocked until crews arrived to tow away the semi and and trailer. Police closed the road at about 7:12 p.m. to allow crews to work safely. The road was reopened at about 8:22 p.m.
Police do not suspect drugs, alcohol or speeding to be factors in this crash.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Officer Cacique Melendez at 808-887-3080 or via email at [email protected]. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300 .