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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 8:15 pm | Updated: 8:18 pm, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

The Garden Island

HANALEI — A 64-year-old Hanalei man is in critical condition following a two-car crash that shut down Kuhio Highway, just south of the Hanalei bridge, for over three hours.

The crash, according to the Kauai Police Departmentm occurred around 3:45 p.m., when a Nissan sedan driving down the hill toward Hanalei town crossed the center line near the hairpin turn. The car was then struck on its passenger side by an oncoming Jeep SUV.

The driver and passenger of the SUV sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.

The driver of the sedan sustained critical injuries and was transported to Wilcox Hospital.

Kuhio Highway was closed in both directions from around 4 p.m. to allow traffic safety officers to conduct their investigation and clear the scene. The highway was reopened in both directions around 7:30 p.m.

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