Fuel tanker overturns on Big Island, killing driver

Image Source: Ale'a Ching
Image Source: Ale'a Ching

WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A tanker truck crashed in South Kohala on Friday (November 15), killing the driver and spilling thousands of gallons of fuel.

Shortly after 2 p.m., South Kohala police responded to a traffic crash and determined that a tanker carrying approximately 8,400 gallons of diesel fuel was traveling in the makai direction on Kawaihae Road when it ran off the road and overturned between the 63- and 64-mile markers.

The Hawaii County Fire Department later confirmed that approximately 6,500 gallons of diesel was recovered and 1,900 gallons were lost.

The driver was pinned inside the vehicle and died at the scene. His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Kawaihae Road was closed in both directions till shortly before 9 p.m. Friday evening.

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