3 injured as SUV crashes into bus on Kuhio Highway

Photo: Kelly Smith-Borgert

Kuhio Highway in Wailua, near Marine Camp Road, was closed Tuesday morning while police responded to a crash involving a bus and SUV.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., Kauai police say a Toyota SUV was heading north on Kuhio Highway when it crossed the center line and sideswiped a 16-passenger bus that was heading south.

The driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old Lihue man, was transported to Wilcox Medical Center with serious injuries and has since been medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for further treatment.

The driver of the bus, a 71-year-old man from Kapaa, and his two male passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Wilcox Medical Center for treatment and have since been released.

All lanes on Kuhio Highway were initially closed and traffic was alternated through the shoulder along the highway’s outer northbound lane.

Southbound traffic was later diverted through the Wailua Cane Haul Road, and northbound traffic continued along the shoulder of Kuhio Highway until police cleared the scene at approximately 11 a.m.

The incident remains under police investigation.

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