Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Traffic injuries,
but no deaths, over
traditionally bad holiday

Star-Bulletin staff and news services

The Memorial Day weekend, traditionally one of the deadliest traffic holidays nationwide, was mostly safe across Hawaii, with no fatalities reported through early this morning.

On Sunday afternoon, three people were pinned in their vehicle and seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on the Big Island.

Their vehicle crossed the center line and struck another on Kalanianaole Avenue near Onekahakaha Road in Waiakea, a fire department news release said.

The three were listed in guarded condition this morning at Hilo Medical Center, a spokeswoman said.

On Oahu, three inmates at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility in Kailua were in an accident yesterday after they stole a vehicle in effort to escape.

Police said three teenage girls were among a group of seven girls taken to the facility's swimming pool when they grabbed the keys to a vehicle and fled down a narrow road. They crashed after trying to maneuver the vehicle around a roadblock.

The girls were not injured and tried to run away but were caught by corrections staff.

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