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H-1 access from Piikoi reopened after truck cleared

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:04 p.m. HST, Nov 9, 2011

Access to the H-1 freeway westbound from the Lunalilo Street onramp has been reopened after workers cleared a tractor-trailer that broke down this morning.

The truck was making a left turn from Piikoi Street onto Lunalilo Street when one of its axles broke. That closed the two lanes on Piikoi that turn on to Lunalilo Street to get to the freeway onramp.

Police closed the lanes near Matlock and Lunalilo streets on Piikoi  Street at 8:50 this morning while the owner of the truck — Hawaii Heavy Haul Services — was called to try to repair the vehicle.

The truck’s driver, Jared Solomon, said the U-bolts attaching the dirt-filled truckbed to the axle broke.

“It was heart-stopping, but God was with me today,” Solomon said.

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