Zipline victims identified

Source: Damon Tucker
Source: Damon Tucker

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County Police have identified the victim's of yesterdays zipline accident near Hilo as Ted Callaway and Curtis Wright.

Ted Callaway, 35, was living in Lahaina and was from Washington state.  He was testing out a new zipline four miles up the Honoli'i Stream when he fell 200 feet.  He died at the scene.

Experimental Resources Inc. President John White says Callaway loved his job and took great pride in his work.

Curtis Wright, 36, was injured when he fell about 30 feet from the collapsed tower.  He was transferred to Oahu via air ambulance and is doing better, now listed in stable condition.

Both men had only been working for the Experimental Resources a few months.  A third employee was also there during the accident. He was at the landing area and not hurt.

White says they were there tightening cables to make the zipline faster because the clients had complained they wanted higher speeds.

There are many steps and precautions taken before sending a human on a test run on a new line. White is not sure if they were all done, as he has not seen the report on the incident.

Meanwhile the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division inspected the accident area on the Big Island today.  Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused tower holding the zipline to fall.

The zipline is owned by Lava Hotline and operated by Kapohokine Adventures. The eight zipline course is expected to be closed at least two weeks.

Experimental Resources has built ziplines all over the country. They also built the zipline at Bay View Miniature Golf Course in Kaneohe.  Go Zip operates that facility.  Managers would not comment but that zipline remains open.


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