Kauai highway reopened after major crash

Published On: Dec 13 2013 03:24:00 PM HST
LIHUE, Hawaii -

Kauai police say both lanes of Kaumuali'i Highway near the Kaua'i Humane Society near Puhi were closed Friday afternoon due to a major traffic crash that resulted in injuries and vehicle fires.

Police say three cars were involved in the crash.  Four people were injured, one critically, and were taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

According to a preliminary report, a Dodge Challenger was heading eastbound at approximately 2:43 p.m. near the Humane Society when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound truck.  The truck caught on fire and became fully engulfed in flames.

A third vehicle heading west swerved into the eastbound lane to avoid the collision and sideswiped the Challenger.

The highway was reopened at around 5:50 p.m.

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