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PUHI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
**Update: Kaumuali‘i Highway reopened at
approximately 5:50 p.m.
Both lanes of Kaumuali‘i Highway just west of the Kaua'i Humane Society remain closed due to a three-car crash that occurred this afternoon.
Five people were injured, one critically, and were taken to Wilcox Hospital.
According to a preliminary report, a Dodge Challenger was eastbound at approximately 2:43 p.m. near the Humane Society when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a westbound truck. The truck caught on fire and became fully engulfed.
A third vehicle heading west swerved into the eastbound lane to avoid the collision and sideswiped the Challenger.
Motorists are urged to avoid the area.
More information will be released as it becomes available.