Hawaii Police Department
Officer William Torres
May 19, 2008
Report No. C08015591
Hawaii County police responded Monday to a report of an overturned mule-drawn wagon in Waipio Valley.
Investigation revealed that the tongue of the wagon broke around 1:40 p.m. on Waipio Valley Road. As the driver attempted to unhitch the mules, they apparently became spooked and ran away with tourists still in the wagon. The wagon entered a shallow river and overturned.
Four passengers were flown out of the valley by helicopter and taken to area hospitals with non-critical injuries. They were a 59-year-old woman from Japan, a 65-year-old woman from Japan, a 40-year-old woman from Japan and a 62-year-old woman from Chicago.
The case has been classified as a public accident.