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Vehicle crash closes Highway 19 in Ookala along the Hamakua Coast Saturday morning (Oct 22)

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By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Police and Hawaii County Civil Defense reports that a vehicle crash Saturday morning (Oct 22) has closed both lanes of Highway 19 in Ookala near the 31 mile marker.

Motorists should avoid the area as it is unknown when the road will re-open to traffic.

UPDATED 10 a.m. (10/22/11)

Hawaii County Civil Defense reports that Highway 19 has re-opened to traffic in both directions.

UPDATED 11:55 a.m. (10/22/11)

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 7 a.m. alarm Saturday (Oct 22) near the 30 mile marker of Highway 19 for a crash between a car and van.

Firefighters found the van lying on its passenger side on the highway with the driver pinned in it. Five passengers were able to get out of the van. The car was crashed in a ditch with the driver pinned in the vehicle.

The roadway was closed as crews freed both drivers and the scene was cleared. The highway was re-opened to traffic at about 10 a.m.

The condition of the drivers was not reported by fire dispatch.

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