Utility truck flips onto oncoming truck after snagging telephone line
KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Police Department says one person is dead and three others injured after the lift bucket of a utility truck snagged a telephone line causing it to flip onto an oncoming truck.
Police say the utility truck was heading west on Kaiminani Drive about 150 feet west of Ane Keohokalole Highway when its lift bucket struck a large cable going across the roadway.
This caused the truck to tip over on its left side and the boom (lift bucket) of the truck to strike a 2011 Ford pickup truck traveling east that was being operated by 42-year-old Sheila Goto of Holualoa.
Goto had to be extricated by Fire/Rescue personnel and taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:22 p.m.
Two passengers in the Ford pickup truck, a 37-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, both from Kailua-Kona, were treated and released from Kona Community Hospital.
The driver of the utility truck, a 42-year-old Keaau man, was taken to Kona Community Hospital in stable condition.
The driver and front seat passenger of the Ford pickup truck were the only people wearing their seat belts.
It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.
This is the first traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with four at this time last year.
The accident happened around 9:30 a.m.
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