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UPDATED: Fatal accident shuts down traffic on the Pali

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at approximately 6:33 a.m., a motor vehicle accident occurred on Honoapiilani Highway (30) about two miles north of Maalaea Bay Place in Maalaea. The collision occurred as a black and red 1993 Honda Civic sedan, traveling north-bound on Honoapiilani Highway, crossed left of center and collided into a red 2006 Toyota Highlander multi-purpose vehicle that was traveling in the south-bound lane.

The operator of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The front-seat passenger and a rear-seat passenger of the Honda were both transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. The operator of the Toyota sustained minor injuries and refused treatment.

The operator of the Honda has since been identified as 33-year old Samuel Gusman of Wailuku.

Preliminary investigation revealed that all occupants of the Honda were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision. The operator of the Toyota was using his seatbelt at the time of the collision.

The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is on-going.

This is Maui County’s 19th traffic fatality for 2016 as compared to 19 the same time last year.

At around 6:30 am this morning police responded to a fatal traffic accident on Honoapiilani Hwy on the Wailuku side of the Pali Tunnel. Initial reports indicated that two vehicles “T-Boned” fatally killing one person leaving two others critically injured.

9:30 AM UPDATE: Honoapi’ilani Hwy is NOW OPEN.

Note: Even with the highway reopening, it could take hours for traffic to equalize back to a normal flow.

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This report is preliminary and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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