The Maui County Fire & Public Safety Dept. reports that a multiple vehicle accident on Honoapiilani Highway near milepost 17 Monday morning was responsible for the roadway to be closed in both directions.
At approximately 8:21 a.m., a black 1996 Acura Integra 2-door sedan operated by a 19-year-old woman from Lahaina, was traveling Wailuku bound, overtaking vehicles on the right shoulder of the roadway. The Acura then veered left back into the lane of travel to avoid a guardrail on the makai shoulder, clipping a red Hyundai 4-door sedan traveling the same direction.
The Acura then lost control, crossed left of center, striking the guardrail on the mauka shoulder of the roadway. The Acura was then struck by a 2003 Ford F550 utility truck and a blue 1991 Dodge pickup truck, both traveling Lahaina bound on Honoapiilani.
Because she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, the driver of the Acura was ejected from her vehicle in the process, where she sustained critical life threatening injuries. She was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room for further treatment. Her status is unknown at this time.
The occupants of the other vehicles involved in the collision were all wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.
The portion of Honoapiilani Highway was opened some time after 12 noon.