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Waipio wagon accident 05-19-08

Hawaii Police Department
Hamakua District
Officer William Torres
Phone: 775-7533
May 19, 2008
Report No. C08015591

Media Release

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.