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UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed in Fiery Crash on Mokulele

Posted September 27, 2011, 12:18 AM HST Updated September 27, 2011, 08:45 AM HST
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By Wendy Osher

(Update: 5:30 a.m. 9/27/11)

A 32-year-old man suffered fatal injuries on the Mokulele Highway late last night while passing the Cane Haul Road intersection.

The motorcyclist was traveling north on the highway at around 10:55 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2011, when he collided with an industrial truck traveling east across the highway at Cane Haul Road.

According to police reports, the motorcyclist had a red light at the time of the crash.

Following the impact, the motorcycle caught on fire.

The operator of the motorcycle died as a result of the crash and was tentatively identified as a 32-year-old man.  His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Authorities say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  The truck operator, meantime, was not injured.

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The accident was the sixth fatal crash involving a motorcycle this year, and the 15th traffic fatality on Maui County roads in 2011.

(Posted: 12:11 a.m. 9/27/11)

Motorists traveling on the Mokulele Highway are advised of a fatal motorcycle accident near the Piilani Highway intersection.

Maui police closed Kahului-bound traffic on the Mokulele Highway at 11:55 p.m., on Monday, September 26, 2011, and were rerouting traffic via North Kihei Road to the Honoapiilani Highway.

There is no estimated time on when the advisory will be lifted.

***Check back for updates.

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