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One Dead, Two Injured in Head-on Collision on Oahu Highway

severely damaged car after crash

According to KHON2, a man suffered from fatal injuries after crashing into a pickup truck head-on in Oahu, Hawaii, on Wednesday morning.

Speed Believed to be a Factor in Wreck

A 52-year-old man drove his Mustang north on Kamehameha Highway near Kahana Bay at approximately 5:20 a.m. According to witnesses, the man drifted across the center dividing line and into the southbound lanes.

A pickup truck traveling south tried to avoid the Mustang and cut into the northbound lanes. At the last second, the Mustang also corrected into the northbound lanes, colliding head-on with the truck.

KHON2 reports that the Mustang driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men in the pickup truck were hospitalized in serious condition. Police believe the deceased driver may have been speeding prior to the crash.

This marks the 50th traffic fatality in Oahu in 2016, according to KHON2, which is more deaths than all of 2015. Honolulu police urge drivers to slow down, be attentive, wear your seatbelts and do not use a cellphone while driving.

Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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