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Truck crash destroys pedestrian bridge over Moanalua Freeway

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:18 p.m. HST, Oct 16, 2012

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A truck towing a forklift smashed through a pedestrian bridge over Moanalua Freeway near Aloha Stadium and Aiea Elementary School at about noon today, closing westbound lanes for about four hours.

Police re-opened townbound lanes of the freeway at about 1:15 p.m. and Moanalua Road at about 3:38 p.m. Westbound lanes of Moanalua freeway were opened shortly after

But freeway onramps in the Ewa-direction around the accident scene remained closed.

A state Department of Transportation official said a dump truck was towing a trailer with a forklift on it and that the forklift hit the pedestrian bridge over Moanalua Road.

Another DOT official, spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter, said the company did not have a permit to transport an oversized load. A police officer identified the company as Tibbitts Trucking.

The bridge had a clearance of 15 feet, 6 inches, a sign there says. The bridge connects the stadium with the Aiea residential community.

No serious injuries were reported and no ambulances were sent to the scene.

An accident on H-1 Freeway on Sept. 5, 2006 damaged an Aiea overpass and backed up traffic for hours in the Ewa direction.

A military truck hit the underpass and engineers determined the overpass was unsafe. Repairs cost $500,000. The military picked up the tab.







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loquaciousone wrote:
OOOOOHHHHH NOOOOOOO
on October 16,2012 | 01:48PM
ukuleleblue wrote:
Rail would have been good to have.
on October 16,2012 | 07:57PM
Kokoy wrote:
"Rail would have been good to have." - Ukuleleblue Is this because rail will carry trucks capable of transporting heavy equipment? Bro, what is wrong with you? seriously? Call a counselor, you need help man.
on October 16,2012 | 09:28PM
Jonas wrote:
I think he's just trying to say rail would be good as an alternate means of transportation instead of sitting in the traffic caused by the accident.
on October 16,2012 | 10:39PM
sumoroach wrote:
Just look up tibbits trucking and it is a leasing company for equipment. So what company was renting the truck?
on October 16,2012 | 08:56PM
AieaJon wrote:
What an idiot! The bridge better be fixed before the next UH football game. The work better be done at night so as not to inconvenience the publix. The construction company better pay for the repares and not the taxpayers.
on October 16,2012 | 01:55PM
olos73 wrote:
Glad I won't be stuck in that mess.
on October 16,2012 | 01:59PM
alikarx03 wrote:
great!!!!!!!!! whoever did this must pay a heavy fine and possibly serve jailtime!!! arghhhh!!!!
on October 16,2012 | 02:09PM
RichardCory wrote:
I try to be a nice guy. I really do. But when you do something that shuts down the entire westbound side of the freeway during rush hour, well, you need to go to jail.
on October 16,2012 | 03:45PM
1coconut wrote:
its only the Aiea off ramp that it closed.
on October 16,2012 | 04:39PM
RichardCory wrote:
Oh, well, then just half a day in jail.
on October 16,2012 | 07:05PM
IAmSane wrote:
LOL
on October 16,2012 | 10:26PM
inverse wrote:
Never mind the issue of creating a traffic jam, if some child, elderly or other person(s) was using the pedestrian overpass when that truck destroyed the overpass, they could have easily been killed by this irresponsible action. They need to be punished to the full extent of the laws they broke.
on October 17,2012 | 11:44AM
entrkn wrote:
Definitely Prison for everyone involved in putting that load on the road... they endangered school children and motorists sharing the road.
on October 16,2012 | 06:48PM
pralix wrote:
WOW. Hopefully no one was on the bridge at the time.
on October 16,2012 | 02:12PM
Spam_and_Rice wrote:
An accident on H-1 Freeway on Sept. 5, 2006 damaged an Aiea overpass and backed up traffic for hours in the Ewa direction. A military truck hit the underpass and engineers determined the overpass was unsafe. Repairs cost $500,000. The military picked up the tab. What you should have written was that the taxpayers picked up the $500,000 tab.
on October 16,2012 | 02:15PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Uhh..... who pays for the military? Taxpayers.
on October 16,2012 | 02:26PM
Pareidolic wrote:
You're essentially just repeating what he said.
on October 16,2012 | 04:15PM
Anonymous wrote:
what he said.
on October 16,2012 | 07:29PM
IAmSane wrote:
You're essentially just repeating what he said.
on October 16,2012 | 10:27PM
lowtone123 wrote:
How we goin' get to da stadium.
on October 16,2012 | 02:15PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Looks like an easy 30 feet jump. Eazy bra..
on October 16,2012 | 02:47PM
BH90210 wrote:
If can, can. If no can, no can
on October 16,2012 | 06:16PM
9ronboz wrote:
Walk
on October 16,2012 | 08:55PM
busterb wrote:
Wow, I went out to lunch and saw it happen... Some huge truck with a giant Caldwell banner on the side whacked it. :op
on October 16,2012 | 02:16PM
gobows wrote:
the driver's last name.......was Cayetano i think........... : )
on October 16,2012 | 02:26PM
rgy888 wrote:
I hope Ben has to go to Koolina
on October 16,2012 | 03:05PM
joshislost wrote:
i wish ben was walking on the overpass ;P
on October 16,2012 | 06:59PM
IAmSane wrote:
See... you just took it a little too far there.
on October 16,2012 | 10:28PM
gsc wrote:
gobows F___ Y__
on October 16,2012 | 03:11PM
olos73 wrote:
Ben's bus is in the back of the line.
on October 16,2012 | 07:56PM
localguy wrote:
Kirk Caldwell was driving, said he was planning ahead for his next career after he gets stomped by Ben. He knows resistance is futile, he will lose.
on October 16,2012 | 10:09PM
9ronboz wrote:
Desperate cayetano campaign manager
on October 16,2012 | 08:56PM
JohnnyO wrote:
Does anyone know if the Freeway is open again?
on October 16,2012 | 02:24PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Not Moanalua. H1 is.
on October 16,2012 | 02:49PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I hope that vehicle in the photo wasn't the one that took out the bridge. If it is, the driver should be drawn and quartered...that's not even close to meeting the height limit.
on October 16,2012 | 02:48PM
Anonymous wrote:
That's right!!! There are some dumb people who rather vote for there own nationality than for someone who is trying to help them. not too smart, wake up people. its the west side vs. the townies with the money. the townies don't really care about the rail.
on October 16,2012 | 03:58PM
Poidogs wrote:
I'm a townie for rail and there's plenty of us! I stand in solidarity with you, my Westside brethren! GO RAIL, GO!!
on October 16,2012 | 08:56PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Wow, watch the traffic jams. Just 200 yards away will be the Aloha Stadium Rail station. If this happens in the future commuters will fly over the traffic jams on the Rail as opposed to the BRT stuck in those jams. This will happen again and again. People of the Westside,Pearl City,Waipahu,Kapolei,Ewa, Waianae, Nanakuli, Makakilo,Kunia,Waipio,Mililani,Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleiwa,Aiea......remember Ben does not have your back.
on October 16,2012 | 03:00PM
loquaciousone wrote:
This might happen to the elevated rail and then what?
on October 16,2012 | 03:04PM
pastormatt wrote:
That was my comment. When an overpass is hit by a vehicle trying to make it's way under, then the elevated rail becomes less and less attractive. The fact that someone else noted that this also happened back in 2006 should serve as a real warning to any elevated portions where heavy trucks need to drive under. This was only a pedestrian bridge, imagine it being an essential part of rail. How many millions and how long of a repair delay would be required to fix? What about the riders who need to find new transportation in that event? Here people can walk a few extra blocks to get to the stadium. Walking from Ewa or Kapolei don't seem as reasonable.
on October 16,2012 | 04:00PM
Poidogs wrote:
I think there's a 30 foot clearance minimum for the rail line in most places.
on October 16,2012 | 08:59PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
It's a reasonable concern, but please see the response to loquaciousone above.
on October 16,2012 | 09:03PM
bobbob wrote:
the rail line is likely to be more structurally solid like the H1 overpasses (the roads) because it needs to be load bearing. A pedestrian walkway is nothing more than a skinny block of concrete reinforced rebar that is set in place (whihc is why the entire segment collapsed)
on October 16,2012 | 10:11PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
For the most part, the rail runs parallel to the H-1, not perpendicular, like bridges and overpasses. It crosses H-1 by Pearl Highlands. The clearance is at least twice as high as the pedestrian overpass that was hit today.
on October 16,2012 | 09:01PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
So NB, who has our back?? Mufi, Peter, Nestor, PRP??
on October 16,2012 | 03:26PM
false wrote:
you don't really believe what you're saying. It just for the money. Don't worry no one takes you seriously.
on October 16,2012 | 04:35PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Rail will not help the West side. I live on the West side so you better take another look at why these rail people are pushing for this. I doubt very seriously that you will see a huge drop off in the amount of traffic from West to East. We need a better alternative than rail. Also how do you change habits of people.
on October 16,2012 | 09:45PM
Wazdat wrote:
lolos
on October 16,2012 | 03:07PM
twitter6 wrote:
CDL license should require an IQ test
on October 16,2012 | 03:13PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Maybe they can build a temporary roap bridge just like in the movie "Indiana Jones."
on October 16,2012 | 03:17PM
syhud wrote:
DOT should really crack down on Hawaii's CDL drivers. They are second rate to the mainland commercial drivers who take their driving very seriously.
on October 16,2012 | 03:26PM
nitpikker wrote:
yep. they should have an "attitude" test! a lot of them think they're driving regular cars!!
on October 16,2012 | 03:53PM
polekasta wrote:
Please do not belittle those who are CDL drivers. Not all of them are bad drivers. In fact. syhud and nitpikker, how often do you hear of Hawaii CDL drivers getting into accidents? I hear of more accidents involving regular cars then CDL vehicles. Maybe those who have regular licenses should be put through more stringent guidelines for them to obtain their licenses? I bet if there was a basic knowledge of the rules test to renew one's license, a good deal of people wouldn't pass.
on October 16,2012 | 04:21PM
niimi wrote:
I call in an average of 17 commercial trucks every month. I phone the businesses, most often for speeding with semi-trucks or box vans. Great to have hands-free device and voice dialing. I have written to HPD about several stretches with detailed information on the type of hazardous driving by commercial trucks.
on October 16,2012 | 08:39PM
syhud wrote:
See what I was trying to get at polekasta?
on October 16,2012 | 08:57PM
bobbob wrote:
um, I see A LOT of semis barrelling speeding down the freeway in the fast lanes following way too closely to cars even when they have loads. Of course you're going to see more accidents with "regular" cars because they outnumber commercial vehicles. Any accident with a semi is going to be A LOT worse than a car or truck simply because of the size of the vehicle and what it takes to stop it. Obviously a truck isn't high enoguht o take out a pedestrian bridge, but assuming it was, do you think a ford F350 could take one out the way the semi with construction equipment tied down did? Or do you think you just made yourself a new convertible truck?
on October 16,2012 | 10:15PM
joshislost wrote:
mainland roads and freeways are built much higher than 15 feet. Then again if someone from the mainland created the roads in Hawaii we'd have much more lanes. Just saying
on October 16,2012 | 07:01PM
hvagd1 wrote:
No permit?? Heavy, heavy fines should be imposed to Tibbits Trucking for inconveniencing everyone and the costs to repair the damage.
on October 16,2012 | 04:04PM
kameleokalani44 wrote:
First really intelligent thing that been said. If the bosses told the driver to take the rig to....where ever, he just did it. It is management that should get the fines. But I don't think the driver should get off easy either . Most CDL drivers know the routes and rigs, and what can and can not be done. I have held a Quote "CDL" unquote license for 35 years. (CDL has only been around for about 20 years). I really like the container truck drivers, and I see a lot of real professionalism out there. I am proud of the younger generation. Then you get a babooze like this guy......
on October 16,2012 | 04:57PM
olos73 wrote:
Supposedly the driver was the owner of the company.
on October 16,2012 | 07:23PM
bobbob wrote:
ALL competent CDL drivers know the damned routes.
on October 16,2012 | 10:18PM
gunfunit wrote:
babooze driver must be thinking,"whoa, who put that pedestrian overpass there?"
on October 16,2012 | 04:13PM
bumby2day wrote:
The driver was trying to STOP people from going to the Football game next week.
on October 16,2012 | 04:29PM
joshislost wrote:
HAHA LIKED!
on October 16,2012 | 07:02PM
false wrote:
ooooooooops, ..... I though you said it was going clear brah.
on October 16,2012 | 04:30PM
dhl1226 wrote:
I hope the city has learned from the 2006 accident and are manning the traffic lights on Salt Lake Blvd, Kam Highway, Moanalua Road, etc. But, I'm not holding my breath.
on October 16,2012 | 04:34PM
budster wrote:
Why can't they open the freeway. What are they doing for 3 hours! By the looks of the picture, it doesn't look dangerous.
on October 16,2012 | 04:35PM
SKJJJ wrote:
Why was the freeway closed at all? Only the off ramp was affected.
on October 16,2012 | 10:15PM
niimi wrote:
Babooze!
on October 16,2012 | 04:58PM
niimi wrote:
I'll bet that John White was driving that truck towing the forklift. :-)
on October 16,2012 | 04:58PM
mellishi wrote:
...Tibbitts Trucking, weren't they the same ones that took out the Kamehameha Schools bridge from the swimming pool over to Kekuhaupio???? or it might be the same driver. Really dumb! Sue Tibbitts before they claim bankruptcy tomorrow morning!
on October 16,2012 | 05:04PM
chibikodog2011 wrote:
Hope Ben had to sit in that traffic this afternoon. Like BRT wouldn't have been stuck with everyone else.
on October 16,2012 | 06:40PM
olos73 wrote:
He lives in plush Manoa, so no problem for him. He was watching the gridlock on TV while he was eating dinner.
on October 16,2012 | 07:26PM
Poidogs wrote:
Worse, I think he lives in Waialae Iki amongst his voting base.
on October 16,2012 | 09:03PM
Locokane wrote:
I guess all of our traffic enforcement personnel were out to lunch at noon.
on October 16,2012 | 08:21PM
sumoroach wrote:
About two months ago one of the tibbits trucks force themselves into my lane cause me to slam on the brakes. the driver just laugh. Karma is strange what goes around comes around. HAHAHAHAHA.
on October 16,2012 | 08:52PM
SKJJJ wrote:
I'm still trying to figure out why the westbound "freeway" had to be closed when this only affected westbound Moanalua Road and Kam Highway.
on October 16,2012 | 09:02PM
Papakolea wrote:
The guys from the trucking company should have known that they needed to use a low-boy trailer and not a regular trailer. They should also have known to obtain the permit to transport the oversize load on both state highways and city streets. This was just plain gross negligence on the part of the trucking company.
on October 16,2012 | 09:50PM
Papakolea wrote:
Kudos to Gomes Bus Service for transporting the kids who had to get to the other side of Moanalua Road for free. The other major school bus company would not have done that.
on October 16,2012 | 09:50PM
localguy wrote:
Can you believe the state's inability to hold the responsible company fully responsible for all the repair costs. News reporters confirmed the reports the trucking company did not have the proper permit to haul the oversized load on the road. Worse yet, the owner of the trucking company was driving the truck. Hmmm, how could the licensed owner not know his load was over height, failed to get a permit. No way should taxpayers pay one cent of the repair costs. All charges, including alternative transportation for the affected school students should be paid for by the trucking company, their insurance company. Or, if they failed to have the right insurance coverage, tax payers pay to repair, sue the company, confiscate their assets and sell to repay taxpayers. There is a price for incompetency is expensive, on those who fail to comply.
on October 16,2012 | 10:06PM
bobbob wrote:
ALL competent CDL drivers know the da.mned routes.
on October 16,2012 | 10:18PM
Papakolea wrote:
I can't wait to see who will be the first politician to want to propose new legislation to prevent something like this from happening again...or they'll hold a special investigative committee to discover how this could have happened.
on October 17,2012 | 12:57AM
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