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Three injured in Laupahoehoe vehicle crash

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

A head-on collision between an SUV and a sedan Thursday morning closed Highway 19 near Laupahoehoe, sending three people to the hospital, according to county authorities.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at 8:20 a.m. and found the occupants of both vehicles trapped. Crews used the “Jaws of Life” to free a woman from the car and a man, who was driving the SUV, and a woman passenger.

The SUV was found up on an embankment, on its side. The sedan was found in the middle of the highway.

The women were transported to Hilo Medical Center by ambulance. The man was flown to the same facility via helicopter.

All three suffered multiple system trauma, according to the department.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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