Big Island Crash Leaves Five Dead

HILO (KHNL) - A three-car accident in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island claims the life of five people.

A car driven by a man with two female passengers was traveling Ka'u bound when it hit two cars heading towards Hilo.  All 3 in the first car died, and the man and woman in the first Hilo-bound car died.

The man driving the second Hilo-bound car was flown to Queens Medical Center.  A male passenger from that car refused treatment and was released.  Hawaii County Police, Hawaii County Fire, and Kilauea Military Camp Fire and Ambulance assisted park rangers with the scene.

The highway remained closed for 5 hours and an investigation is underway to determine what caused the accident.

In spite of the his is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's first traffic fatalities of the year.  It is not know if speed was a factor in this crash.

Thursday, in response to the high number of traffic fatalities in the state, Honolulu Police announced their new special task force of officers which is a group primarily responsible for cracking down on drivers who speed.