Kauai man arrested after fallen tree smashes truck

OMAO, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Koloa man was arrested Wednesday after a pine tree he cut landed on a truck traveling along Kamualii Highway in Omao.

A police officer happened to be driving along the highway at around 1:30 p.m. when he came upon the scene in the vicinity of Kahili Mountain Park.

According to a preliminary police report, Peter Kealohi, 43, was hired by a private property owner to cut down a large pine tree on the lot, which borders the park-side of Kaumuali'i Highway. As Kealohi was cutting down the tree, it fell across the highway and landed on a Dodge pickup truck in the eastbound lane, smashing the roof and bed of the truck and injuring the driver.

The woman, age 64 of Koloa, was taken to Wilcox Hospital with a possible neck injury and later released.

Another pickup, also heading east, sustained major front-end damage when it collided with the fallen tree. The 39-year-old operator of that truck was not injured.

Keolohi was arrested for second degree Reckless Endangering and transported to Police Cellblock.

He was booked and released pending an initial court appearance.

Kaumualii Highway was closed for roughly an hour while crews worked to clear the roadway. During the closure, westbound traffic was rerouted to Maluhia Road while eastbound traffic was directed onto Omao Road.

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