Man killed in fiery Laupahoehoe crash

  • Courtesy photo This photo shows the scene moments after a pickup truck drifted into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a tanker truck near the 25-mile marker of Highway 19 in Laupahoehoe. The driver of the pickup truck was dead at the scene. The driver of the tanker was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The collision closed the highway for hours, with traffic re-routed to Old Mamahaloa Highway.

HILO — A fatal two-vehicle collision early Wednesday afternoon closed Hawaii Belt Road (Highway 19) in Laupahoehoe for several hours.