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Oregon man, 77, dies in Kapaa crash

Published On: Feb 06 2013 06:32:00 PM HST
KAPAA, Hawaii -

Kauai police reported that a 77-year-old man has died from injuries sustained during a two-car collision in Kapaa Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Kuhio Highway, fronting the Kaiakea fire station.

According to a preliminary police investigation, the Oregon man was a passenger in a Chevy HHR that was on the northbound shoulder of the highway.  The vehicle was attempting to enter the northbound lane when a Ford truck, heading north, struck the car's driver side.

Firefighters, police and medics responded to the scene.  Medics transported both the female driver and male passenger of the PT Cruiser to Wilcox Hospital.

The man was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.  Police have not yet released his identity.

The 71-year-old female driver remains at Wilcox in stable condition.

The 62-year-old male driver of the Ford truck did not report any injuries.

Kuhio Highway was closed in both directions for over two hours while police conducted their investigation and crews worked to clear the roadway.

During the road closure, police directed northbound traffic onto Kawaihau Road, while southbound traffic was diverted onto Mailihuna Road.  Both lanes reopened just before 5 p.m.

This is Kauai's first traffic fatality for the year.

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