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Truck fire closes Likelike tunnel; man found outside tunnel in critical condition

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:39 a.m. HST, Mar 16, 2012

A man in his 60s was in extremely critical condition Thursday outside one of the Likelike Highway tunnels that was closed due to a pickup truck fire.

Police reported the fire in the Wilson Tunnel about 2:45 p.m., and officers rerouted traffic to the H-3 freeway from Kaneohe. The lanes were reopened about an hour and a half later.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Terry Seelig said the pickup truck caught fire in the tunnel and the occupants got out safely.

About the same time, bystanders found a man laying in the grass, and firefighters performed CPR, he said. An Emergency Medical Services supervisor said paramedics took the man to a hospital in extremely critical condition.

Seelig said the fire damaged a 60-foot area of ceiling tiles in the tunnel.

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