UPDATE: Highway 19 at Kaawalii Gulch Reopens

UPDATED at 9:52 p.m.

Highway 19 in Kaawalii Gulch between mile markers 28 and 29 is now open to traffic in both directions.

UPDATED at 8:30 p.m.

A man was injured Monday morning when a tractor trailer tanker truck went through the guard rail at Kaawalii Gulch.

Hawai`i County Fire Department officials say that the truck landed approximately 30 to 40 feet, mid-way down the gulch.

The truck was stopped by a tree.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to Hilo Medical Center and was reportedly able to walk at the scene.

Officials say the owner of the trucking company, Hawai`i Biodisel, has assisted with a plan of action for extrication of the truck and trailer.

A total of 6,000 gallons of used cooking oil was pumped from the vehicle and trailer.

HFD reports that a Department of Transportation representative also reported and the scene was turned over from HFD to DOT.

As of 8:30 p.m. the Hawai`i Police Department has not issued a notice reopening the roadway.

UPDATED at 5:36 p.m.

The Hawai`i Police Department has once again closed both lanes along Highway 19 in the area of Kaawalii Gulch as they attempt to remove a vehicle from the gulch.

HPD said just after 5:30 p.m. that the vehicle is a semi truck.

Stay with BIGISLANDWatch.com as we bring you closure updates in relation to the removal

UPDATED at 4:36 p.m.

Traffic has opened to one lane of traffic. Vehicles are being contra flowed as crews are removing a vehicle from the Gulch.

Original story published at 1:45 p.m.

The Hawai`i Police Department reports that due to a traffic accident on Highway 19 in Kaawalii Gulch between the 28 and 29-mile markers, the road will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. as a crane works to remove a vehicle.

Just after 11:30 a.m. Monday police reported that only one lane was available as a result of a traffic accident. The closure of both lanes is not anticipated through 4 p.m.

There are no alternate routes available.