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Several people injured in 2 separate vehicle accidents on Kauai

KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Several people were injured Wednesday afternoon following two separate vehicle accidents on Kauai, according to police.

The first incident – which happened at around 3 p.m. – involved three teenage males who were heading west on Kawaihau Road in a blue Dodge SUV. The 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a large tree and fence line.

All individuals in the vehicle were transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where the driver was treated for minor injuries and released. The 16-year-old front passenger was treated for serious injuries and remains in the hospital in stable condition. The 18-year-old rear passenger, who was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, was later medevaced to the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu in critical condition. He is now in stable condition, according to police.

Speed is likely a factor in the crash, police said.

The road was shut down in that area until roughly 7 p.m. during the investigation. Meanwhile, vehicles were detoured onto Kahuna Road.

The second accident happened at approximately 5 p.m. when a 26-year-old driver of a Chevy sedan was making a left turn onto Kuhio Highway from the north entrance of the Kealia lookout. A Honda sedan traveling northbound struck the other car, causing the Chevy to flip over along the southbound shoulder of the highway.

The driver, a resident of California, and her two female passengers – ages 25 and 22 – were all transported to the Wilcox where they were treated for minor injuries. The 62-year-old driver of the Honda, a Kapaa woman, refused medical treatment at the scene.

Kuhio Highway remained open in both directions during the investigation.

Kauai police are continuing to investigate both accidents.

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