Woman Escapes Burning Van

WAIMEA, Kauai (KHNL) -- A 51-year-old woman visiting from Georgia escaped a burning rental van Monday night.

According to police reports, Linda Kaaumoana was driving the van east on Kaumualii Highway at around 11:10 p.m. when she was having mechanical problems with the van and pulled off to the side of the road.

Kaaumoana reported to police that she could smell gas and saw smoke and flames coming from the engine.

Another driver stopped to help Kaaumoana and got her out of the van before it was engulfed by flames.

Kaumualii Highway was closed for about 45 minutes while fire, police and medics respond to the fire.