Dirt bike rider injured

A near-fatal motor vehicle collision in Kula sent a man to the hospital in critical condition Sunday afternoon, Maui police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said.

At 12:22 p.m. Sunday, a 2005 Honda multipurpose vehicle traveling southbound on Lower Kula Road was making a left turn onto Pulehuiki Road, when it collided into a dirt bike traveling in the opposite direction down Lower Kula Road.

The operator of the Honda, a 52-year-old male from Kula, suffered minor injuries and was released at the scene, Okamoto said. The operator of the dirt bike, also a 52-year-old male from Kula, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

The roadway was closed for about three hours as police investigated.

Okamoto said the involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are unknown pending further investigation.