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Baby among 8 injured in Waianae accident, teenager in critical condition

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police say eight people are injured, including one critically hurt and a baby, after a two-vehicle collision in Waianae Sunday afternoon.

Police responded to the accident near the intersection of Waianae Valley Rd. and Piliuka Rd. around 1:40 p.m.

“A pickup truck was heading northbound on Waianae Valley Road when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on into an oncoming vehicle heading southbound on Waianae Valley Road,” said Lt. Carlene Lau, spokeswoman for HPD's Traffic Division.

“‘Crash, bang, boom, boom, boom!' OK, there goes another one. The place we live, it's a dangerous corner," said Garet Au, who lives near the scene.

"The speed limit is 25. People do 45, 50, 60 and especially around this bend, it's a blind corner," Au said.

Lau said all eight passengers were taken to the hospital in varying degrees of condition. She said a teenaged boy, who was in the backseat of the pickup truck, was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time.

According to Emergency Medical Services, three women -- ages 17, 18, and 43 and a 25-year-old man -- suffered serious injuries. A 2-month-old baby and a 9-year-old female were reported to be in stable condition.

"For some unknown reason that the pickup truck did not make the bend to the right and went straight instead of making that bend. So possibly distracted for an unknown reason at this time and didn't make that turn," Lt. Lau said.

“A baby involved, we gotta be more careful and more aware of our surroundings, especially the holidays, we getting together we celebrating," Au said.

Au says people should be more careful driving on that road and should obey the 25 mph speed limit.

“My dad told me this when I was just a little boy, we call this the dead man's bend. A lot of people got injured over here and died,” said Au.

Police say alcohol doesn't look like a factor, but they are still investigating on whether speed is a factor.

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