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Zipline fatality (update) 09-22-11

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section, Area I
Captain Randall Medeiros 
Phone: 961-2251
Media Release (Update)

A Maui man who died and an Ohio man who was critically injured in a zip line accident Wednesday morning in Pauka’a have been identified as 35-year-old Ted Callaway and 36 year old Curtis Wright, respectively.  An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow (September 23) to determine the exact cause of Mr. Callaway’s death.  Mr. Wright remains in critical condition at the Hilo Medical Center as is in “very unstable” condition.

Both men were employed by a Maui company that builds and maintains zip lines. They had just made an adjustment to the line and were in the process of testing it.

The 36-year-old Maui man had traveled about halfway across the 2,300-foot span when a tower collapsed and he fell approximately 200 feet to his death.

The 35-year-old Ohio man, who was standing on the tower, fell about 30 feet. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with multiple internal injuries.