By Jeff King
A California woman is in stable condition this afternoon after hitting her head while stand-up paddling near Ukumehame Park in West Maui.
At 3:53 this afternoon, Maui Fire Department’s Ladder 3 from the Lahaina Station was dispatched to Ukumehame Park for a female who was being pulled from the water. The patient was a 35 year-old female from Westlake Village, California. The woman was stand up paddling with her boyfriend when she fell and hit her head on the board.
He found her floating and unresponsive. The boyfriend was able to get her back on the board where she regained consciousness. Other stand up paddlers assisted the boyfriend in getting her to shore. Ocean Safety Lifeguards on scene administered first aid. Ladder 3 and American Medical Response on scene took over patient care. She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
It’s been a busy day and night in Kihei. A wastewater spill this morning near Kalama Park clogged pipes and traffic. And a vehicle accident this afternoon knotted traffic near Kamaole Park III.
The County of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management reported that a wastewater overflow of approximately 21,875 gallons occurred this morning due to mechanical failure at the Kihei #6 Pump Station at Kalama Park. The overflow started at 10:57 a.m. and was stopped by 11:11 a.m.
The overflow occurred at three locations; the corner of South Kihei Road and Welakahao Road, the corner of South Kihei Road and Keala Place, and the south end of Halama Street. The overflow entered the storm drain system at Welakahao Road and Keala Place, and the drainage ditch in Kalama Park by the Whale Statue, where signs were posted.
Bacteriological analyses are being conducted, however, the department is confident the overflow did not reach the ocean, and there are no beach closures. The repairs were corrected and the spill sites were cleaned and disinfected. The State Department of Health has been notified.
This afternoon a multiple car accident on South Kihei Road closed the thoroughfare between Keonekai Road and Ke Ali’i Alanui from 4 p.m. until shortly after 5 p.m. No report on the extent of any injuries. In addition to these two events, the Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party is going on in and around Azeka Shopping Center at Pi’ikea Avenue and South Kihei Road.
By Jeff King
Automatic sprinklers contained a fire today inside the Pu’unene sugar mill. Maui Fire Department units responded at 12:29 this afternoon to an alarm at Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar’s Pu’unene mill.
A converyor belt had caught fire, igniting bagasse being transported on it. The sprinklers activated, minimizing damage.
The incident is being considered an accident. There were no injuries reported. Damage is estimated at $13,000.00.
By Jeff King
An early morning vehicle accident above Pa’ia knocked down a utility pole – closing Baldwin Ave between 1 a.m. and noon today. The accident also cut power to much of Makawao, Pa’ia and portions of Maui’s north shore.
Police closed Baldwin Avenue between Kaluanui and Ke’e Roads while investigators measured the scene and crews from Maui Eletric Company worked to restore power. Partial restoration of electricity was reported at 5:27 a.m.
Portions of Makawao are still without Power. Maui Police have not released any further details about the accident.
A man is in critical condition tonight, and a child riding in another vehicle sustained minor injuries. It happened in a collision barely a mile from the Maui County Fairgrounds as the parade was ending.
Maui Police say that, at 5:08 p.m. today, a brown 2005 Ford Focus was travelling north on Mahalani Street, just north of Maui Lani Parkway. Officers on the scene say the Focus crossed completely left of center and collided with a 1995 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck that was traveling south on Mahalani Street. The Focus driver sustained critical, life-threatening injuries. The pickup driver was uninjured, but his child passenger – properly restrained in a rear-facing child seat in the back seat of the Dodge truck – sustained minor injuries.
The Ford Focus driver was determined to not have been wearing his seatbelt. Both occupants in the pickup truck were properly restrained. The Focus driver was transferred to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
Alcohol, speed and substances are being considered as Police continue their investigation.
A man is in serious condition tonight after having difficulties in the rough waters at Ho’okipa Beach Park today.
At 3:09 p.m. today, Maui Fire Department crews from Pa’ia responded to Hookipa Beach Park for a 30 year-old male observed by a Lifeguard having difficulty after being separated from his windsurf board. An Ocean Safety Lifeguard on a rescue board went out, got the male and brought him to shore.
Fire fighters arriving on the scene found the patient on shore being treated by lifeguards. Fire personnel carried the victim along the rocky shoreline and trail to awaiting medics. He was then transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition.
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