Palani Road is estimated to remain closed till noon

update: 5:25 pm

Road is now open

 

 

Palani Road remains closed more than 12 hours after a suspected drunken driver apparently struck a utility pole, causing it to fall and block the roadway.

The crash was reported about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of Makua Lani Christian Academy in Kailua-Kona, according to Hawaii Police Maj. Robert Wagner. The driver, a 44-year-old Honokaa woman, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. No details were immediately available on whether the woman suffered any injuries.

It involved one vehicle that was headed makai when it apparently veered off the right-hand side of the road and struck and severed the pole, causing the pole and wires to cross Palani Road.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. crews remain on the scene working to repair the pole and restore power to impacted customers in the area.

The road closure could last until 5 p.m., according to HELCO. Palani Road is closed at its intersection with Highwy 180 and Uluaoa Street. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

UPDATE:

Palani Road remains closed hours after a suspected drunken driver apparently veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole, causing it to fall on the roadway.

The crash was reported about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of Makua Lani Christian Academy in Kailua-Kona, according to Hawaii Police Maj. Robert Wagner. The driver, a 44-year-old Honokaa woman, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. No details were immediately available on whether the woman suffered any injuries.

It involved one vehicle that was headed makai when it apparently veered off the right-hand side of the road and struck and severed the pole, causing the pole and wires to cross Palani Road.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. crews remain on the scene working to repair the pole and restore power to impacted customers in the area.

HAWAII POLICE DEPT: reports Palani Road is estimated to remain closed till 12:00 noon. HELCO crews are on scene

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