Tongan believed to be among three died in Hawaiʻi crash

A Traffic Enforcement Unit officer takes photos of the fiery crash on Queen Kaahumanu Highway Wednesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today). Photo/West Hawaii Today

Three men have died and a woman was in critical condition in a two-car crash in Hawai’i today Wednesday 17 (US Time Zone).

Reports said the fatal accident happened on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, north of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

Kaniva News has seen tributes and condolences by Tongans on Facebook which posted along with news of the accident. One post said: “R.I.P Hailame Lavaka so sad”.

We are awaiting confirmation.

The crash occurred at 6:26 a.m. at mile marker 92 when a Toyota 4Runner occupied by two men traveling north collided with a Nissan Titan, occupied by a man and woman traveling south, according to Hawaii police.

Both vehicles subsequently burst into flames, Hawai’i media reported.

“Queen Kaahumanu Highway was closed between Waikoloa Road and Kaiminani Drive until shortly before noon causing track backups and delays of more than an hour.

“The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646 ext. 229”.

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