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Police reopen H-1 Freeway after garbage truck crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:52 p.m. HST, Oct 31, 2012

Honolulu police reopened all lanes of the H-1 Freeway in Aiea after an empty garbage truck crashed into the Zipper Lane median near the Kaonohi Overpass, backing up traffic for thousands of commuters trying to get home on Halloween.

The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. and police closed two Ewa-bound and three Honolulu-bound freeway lanes as tow trucks worked for hours to remove the truck.

After the truck was taken away, other crews had to make a temporary fix to three Zipper Lane barriers, which took several more hours,  a state transportation official said.

The Ewa-bound lanes reopened at about 7 p.m. and  police reopened the Honolulu-bound freeway lanes at about 7:45 p.m.

Paramedics took a man in his 30s to a local hospital in serious condition after the crash.

The lane closures backed up traffic all over the island as commuters tried to get around the crash scene.

Caroline Sluyter, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said the morning Zipper Lane will be open during regular hours Thursday.

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allie wrote:
on October 31,2012 | 03:14PM
what wrote:
I'm staying in town until this clears up. Somebody tell me when.
on October 31,2012 | 05:20PM
kainalu wrote:
6 o'clock news report said two lanes in both directions will be closed for most of the night.
on October 31,2012 | 06:09PM
olos73 wrote:
Ben was watching that too while eating dinner at home in Manoa.
on October 31,2012 | 06:37PM
what wrote:
Need to extend H-3 across Ford Island to Kapolei as proposed in 2005 and approved by Navy commander. Cheaper than rail, will solve many bottleneck issues, usable by commuters, emergency vehicles, commercial vehicles, transit vehicles, freight vehicles, military vehicles, and more. Great benefit to community, and less than a billion dollars. Mufi was selfish to reject that highway.
on October 31,2012 | 06:43PM
waianae94 wrote:
Agreed. The H-3 is useful, but so short.
on October 31,2012 | 10:37PM
kainalu wrote:
Did that when the overpass got knocked down too, eh solo? lol
on October 31,2012 | 06:46PM
RichardCory wrote:
In before rail debate.
on October 31,2012 | 03:26PM
what wrote:
Like ukuleleblue would say, average local people who are not rich need to support the the raising and doubling of property taxes to pay for a ridiculous overpriced rail system so that average local people who are not rich can get pass traffic jams caused by less average local people who are richer and own cars and clog our freeways, when actually what will serve every mo'bettah is a new highway that costs less than rail.
on October 31,2012 | 05:18PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Oh yeah, right! We have SO much land on this island for building more roads...
on October 31,2012 | 07:32PM
bender wrote:
If you can take land for rail, you can take it for highways.
on November 1,2012 | 05:40AM
olos73 wrote:
But you going still be stuck in traffic.
on November 1,2012 | 11:37AM
hanoz808 wrote:
on October 31,2012 | 03:49PM
Who_Said wrote:
D'oh !
on October 31,2012 | 05:09PM
Puuloa wrote:
Just saw the traffic is backed up into town! That's what the townies get if they don't support rail. It took me 90 minutes to get from Waikele to Aiea, then another hour to get back to Pearl City! We need rail. Today's accident justifies the need.
on October 31,2012 | 05:30PM
what wrote:
For less than a billion dollars we could have an alternative. In 2005 Mufi Hannemann rejected a proposed highway that would have extended H3 across Ford Island and on to Kapolei. It was approved by the Navy commander at the time. That highway would have fixed traffic congestion problems at a fraction of the cost of rail.
on October 31,2012 | 05:53PM
AirRescueFF wrote:
Ridiculous argument.

Traffic will be worse with rail regardless.

So, if you place this very accident in the future with rail...guess what?

I fail to see any kind of "justification" unless rail is supposed to magically take the majority of cars off the road.

on October 31,2012 | 06:32PM
kainalu wrote:
News reports include that the traffic is actually being impacted Island wide, as some have opted to go all the way around the North Shore to get home. Per Danielle Tucker.
on October 31,2012 | 06:10PM
olos73 wrote:
Are Ben's anti-rail supporters stuck in traffic too? I hope so, cuz he was watching you folks on the news while eating dinner and waiting to give out Halloween candy.
on November 1,2012 | 10:40AM
Nesmith wrote:
I was able to leave Waipahu at 2:30pm, home in Kakaako 3:00pm via Kamehameha Hwy. Feel bad for those not so lucky.
on October 31,2012 | 06:27PM
Greezy wrote:
best wishes to the driver on a speedy recovery
on October 31,2012 | 06:32PM
glory_glory_man_utd wrote:
"Motorists are urged to avoid the area"....really? No seriously?
on October 31,2012 | 06:43PM
Nocturnal wrote:
The driver of the truck is definitely inconsiderate. You have to wonder if he was speeding. I am definitely going to write a complaint and let the trucking company known that our Halloween plans were completely ruined because of his wreckless driving.
on October 31,2012 | 07:01PM
copperwire9 wrote:
We can only hope you're joking. The driver was "definitely inconsiderate" - so you know for a fact that he didn't have a heart attack, a seizure, or anything like that? Impressive, as is your empathy for the serious condition the accident has left him in.. . . .But I will say that I kinda like the concept of "wreckless" driving.
on October 31,2012 | 07:37PM
RichardCory wrote:
Wreckless driving? Looks like he made quite a wreck to me. Doh hoh hoh.
on October 31,2012 | 07:50PM
Nocturnal wrote:
I do apologize for a simple grammar error, yes, I misspelled "reckless." No excuse, I don't claim to be the world's best speller.
on October 31,2012 | 08:33PM
Nocturnal wrote:
Get a brian moran.
on October 31,2012 | 08:28PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
LOL, now you spelled "mispelled", "brain" and "moron" wrong. Nocturnal, all ya gotta do is "right click" on the word. It will show the correct spelling of any word.
on October 31,2012 | 10:43PM
Nocturnal wrote:
I can deduce by his age, 30 years old, that he probably did not have a heart attack or "anything like that." There is a small chance he suffered from a heart attack or maybe even a seizure but most people at 30 years old don't suffer from heart attacks, it isn't THAT common. He was in all likelihood, speeding. I have friends who drive similar trucks and they all said for him to end up on the actual median like that, he was probably going at a high rate of speed. They're not supposed to be driving their trucks that fast yet they do. Sure I feel bad for him but at the same time, it's like someone drinking and driving, if they kill themselves or someone else, why should I feel any remorse for the driver? Would I feel sad for the person he hurt, hell yeah. In this instance, he hurt many families who had plans to go out and spend quality time with their friends and family; they weren't able to do that. He's in serious condition and in all likelihood, will make it out unscathe.
on October 31,2012 | 08:31PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Nocturnal, you're using words like "supposed to" and "probably" and "in all likelihood" and all that. Well maybe the guy was speeding. But WE DON'T KNOW THAT yet. . . . .My concern (even though you describe me as a 'moran' - never mind; that won't stick to me) is that you're making an assumption and declaring it to be true. . . .Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But you're judging - guilty until proven innocent - and I'd hope you'd come to honor the concept of "innocent until proven guilty," even if your Halloween plans got complicated by a man who was seriously injured in a wreck. . . . I wouldn't treat you that way, and I'd hope you'd not treat anyone else that way either. . . .Compassion is a precious thing.
on October 31,2012 | 10:44PM
Nocturnal wrote:
OMG I'm so concerned about you too! I hope and pray for you, you'll be in my prayers this Sunday while I'm donating my portion of my paycheck with the rest of my Sunday Christians. I love you and pray for you too! God bless you so much! You'll be in my prayers copperwire9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on November 1,2012 | 05:57AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Nocturnal, pretty good. You only got your last word incorrect. So close, lol. Anyway, stick to correcting your grammar, not your psychic powers.
on October 31,2012 | 10:45PM
bleedgreen wrote:
When going Westbound on H1 this morning around 10:30 a.m., a group of large trucks were going around 70 mph. How I know? I was keeping up with them!
on November 1,2012 | 02:19AM
hattielou wrote:
People making all these comments about how "Inconsiderate" this driver was, and how he "Must have" been driving recklessly really need to stop saying these things. Because I know the driver and he works hard to provide for his family. Who are YOU to judge someone you don't even know? Oh' I'm sorry your perfect
on October 31,2012 | 07:33PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Absolutely agree with you hattielou.
on October 31,2012 | 10:46PM
jussayin wrote:
Actually the extension of H-3 to Kapolei would have helped a lot. People who live on the Leeward side and work at Shipyard and downtown can bypass the H1 and H2 traffic and go directly home. In turn this would have helped relieve traffic in Aiea and the H1/H2 merge. Not sure about the traffic in 'town' though. Another 'oh well'
on October 31,2012 | 07:35PM
MANDA wrote:
when will HPD start focusing on keeping traffic moving? no other big city in the US, none, follows these procedures. Try this in LA, there would rioting.
on October 31,2012 | 07:40PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
I bet if the truck driver was a public worker--most of the comments would be saying how this driver was an overpaid, incompetent driver. Same with the driver who rammed into the bridge in Aiea. Because it was a private sector truck driver--oh well.
on October 31,2012 | 08:09PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Totally agre with you, tigerwarrior.
on October 31,2012 | 10:30PM
control wrote:
It took nearly 2 hours to get from ala moana center to the windward side. Major backlog on ala moana blvd and bumper to bumper from old pali road to castle junction. Funny how people think that CayetaNO's not-so-FAST faux choo choo buses would somehow be unaffected by all of this. One accident and the entire metro area is at a standstill.
on October 31,2012 | 09:13PM
Nesmith wrote:
I hear ya! Ben's choo choos would be right in the mix and ADDED to today's traffic. People are you starting to get it?
on October 31,2012 | 09:34PM
Jonas wrote:
Wow - finally someone else said it! Thanks for pointing that out. I was home in 5 minutes, since I live and work in town. But I still support rail. It's not perfect and nothing will be. And it's not the only solution - BRT and other proposals will help as well.
on October 31,2012 | 10:27PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I'm glad I'm retired and working. The kids are gone. Whenever there's a horrendous traffic jam, I stay in town and go eat or go movies.....or both, lol.
on October 31,2012 | 10:32PM
YAMAZ77 wrote:
WE NEED RAIL!!!!!! Because of this accident, I got home too late to take my son Trick or Treating around the neighborhood! He was very very very sad!!!!
on October 31,2012 | 09:35PM
YAMAZ77 wrote:
Nocturnal - I fully agree with what you're saying! It's a really sad day when you have to come home and explain to your kid why it's too late to go Trick or Treating??? Is that really fair to him and thousands of other kids out there???? All big trucks shouldn't be in the fast lane anyway. There should be a law on this. Maybe the state should require all CDL drivers to get an annual health screening to make sure they're fit to drive those big trucks too!
on October 31,2012 | 09:54PM
inverse wrote:
Been saying this for years; large trucks should NOT be allowed in the left most lanes. This is the LAW in Cailfornia, Florida and pretty much everywhere else in the US, for just this reason. I don't need to know who the driver was, whether he is a nice guy, whether he had a medical condition....I KNOW for a fact you drive in the left most lane to drive at the fatest rate of speed on the highway and for WHATEVER reason the truck loat control, an extermely large truck getting in an accident on the H1 will not only damage the zipper barrier, it will most likely impact traffice going in the OPPOSITE direction.
PS Having the rail in place would NOT have helped most commuters as the bus connections these rail commuters would require to take would have stuck in traffic as well as almost the ENTIRE Honolulu area was impacted by the truck accident, roadwork such as the koko head bound lane of Kapiolani blvd, pau hana traffic, Halloween activities, etc.
on November 1,2012 | 02:52AM
false wrote:
This inept response by our public officials seems designed to generate a pro-Rail vote. I think the FBI should investigate emails and phone records as to why all this repair work couldn't have waited until after 10pm. I smell a RICO case and prison terms.
on November 1,2012 | 03:17AM
Nocturnal wrote:
Now this I can get on board with. It would be sweet to find this information out.
on November 1,2012 | 06:02AM
Jonas wrote:
I'm waiting for some ridiculous comment about how PRP paid the driver to crash into the median, therefore raising support for rail. Ready....go!
on November 1,2012 | 09:25AM
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