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Traffic back-up on H-3 Freeway cleared

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:46 p.m. HST, May 9, 2012

Fire and road crews cleared the Kaneohe-bound lanes of H-3 Freeway about 10 a.m. following a car fire that shut down one lane for nearly an hour. 

Police closed the right lane of the freeway about a quarter-mile before the Harano Tunnel, on the Halawa side, about 9:14 a.m.

With only one lane open, traffic crawled for more than a mile in the interim.

Firefighters reached the scene at 8:51 a.m. and found a truck engulfed in flames, fire Capt. Terry Seelig said. The fire started in the engine, he said.

Firefighers put out the fire in seven minutes. No one was injured, Seelig said. Damage to the truck was estimated at $6,000.

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