Haleakalā Hwy Crash Claims Life of Two Maui Women
UPDATE 2:53 p.m. 10/10/16: The second victim of the crash has since been identified as 63-year-old Debra Wylie of Pukalani. She was the operator of the Toyota truck.
Two people are dead and several others are injured following a deadly four-vehicle crash on the Haleakalā Highway (37) bypass reported Saturday morning at Makani Road in Makawao.
The incident was reported at 10:26 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.
Police say a silver Nissan sedan was traveling up Haleakalā Highway when it disregarded the red traffic signal at the intersection of Makani Road and broad-sided a white Toyota truck that was executing a left turn down onto Haleakalā Highway from Makani Road.
After colliding with the Toyota, police say the Nissan crossed the center line into the on-coming lane of travel and collided into a vehicle stopped in traffic. The vehicle that was stopped in traffic collided into another vehicle stopped behind it.
The two occupants of the Toyota died at the scene. The passenger of the Toyota was identified as a 57-year-old female, Traci Winegarner of Pukalani. Winegarner was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.
Police say the operator of the Toyota was a 63-year-old female resident of Pukalani, whose identification is pending notification of next of kin. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.
The operator of the Nissan sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
The occupants of the other two vehicles also sustained non-life threatening injuries. A total of five other people were transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
The involvement of speed is suspected in the crash. The involvement of drugs and alcohol are under investigation.
This is Maui County’s 14th and 15th traffic fatality in 2016, compared to 18 at the same time last year.
*Please check back for an accident synopsis/police report, which will be posted upon release from the Maui Police Department.
Haleakalā Highway is now OPEN in both directions as of 6 p.m.
It was closed for more than seven hours following a fatal motor vehicle accident reported at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.
The road was closed to traffic in both directions between Old Haleakalā Highway and Makawao Avenue while police conducted an investigation at the scene.
During the closure, traffic was rerouted via Loha to ʻIolani, then down Old Haleakalā Highway through Pukalani.