WAILUKU, Hawaii -- Four people died and several others were injured in a head-on vehicle collision on Maui's northwest side, authorities said.
The collision happened Saturday night when the driver of a pickup truck crossed a painted median and slammed head-on into a Toyota Camry sedan with five people in it, Maui police said.
The pickup driver and three people from the Camry died at the scene, police said. The other two people who were in the Camry were taken to the hospital in stable and critical conditions. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash after the initial collision. There were five people in those two other vehicles, none of whom were seriously injured, police said.
The driver of the 2003 Dodge pickup truck, identified as 52-year-old Raymundo Hernandez-Ramirez of Lahaina, died at the scene, according to CBS affiliate KGMB-TV.
Two victims from the Camry were identified by police as California residents Charles Whipple, 36, of San Mateo and Danille McColloch, 36, of Galt. Both victims were sitting in the back seat without seat belts on, police said.
The Camry's driver also died, but his name is being withheld as family continues to be notified.
The Camry passenger who is in critical condition is a 38-year-old California man from Galt. He was wearing his seat belt in the back seat, police said.
One witness described the horrifying scene to KGMB-TV.
"There was a white vehicle with a body laying in the road that people were giving CPR to. There was a limb out of that vehicle also," the witness said. "There was also a person alive on the road crying. And then when you look off over to the right, you could see there was a truck on its side that was totally burnt out."
KGMB-TV writes that this is the 11th traffic fatality for Maui compared to 12 this time last year.
An investigation is underway, the station added. KGMB-TV reports that authorities are looking into whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident.