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8 injured, 1 critically, in Ewa crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:56 a.m. HST, Dec 29, 2012

Eight people were injured, one of them critically, in a multi-vehicle crash at Fort Weaver Road and Kolowaka Drive late Friday morning.

The Department of Emergency Services reported four of the eight went to the hospital in serious condition. A Honolulu Police Department source, however, said a 76-year-old woman that was hospitalized initially in serious has since been downgraded to critical condition.

The crash involved four vehicles heading south on Fort Weaver about 10:30 a.m., police said. Three vehicles were stopped at a red light when a fourth crashed into the one in the rear, causing a chain reaction, police said.

The other three people hospitalized in serious condition were three women, ages 33, 69 and 34, Emergency Services said. 

Also hospitalized, in stable condition, were two girls, ages 6 and 4; and a 19-month-old boy, the department said. The eighth victim, a man of an indeterminate age, was hospitalized in stable condition.

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lani_moo wrote:
What is a worse condition:serious or critical? Can a patient be "downgraded" from serious to critical condition?
on December 28,2012 | 01:09PM
primo1 wrote:
Critical is worse than serious. Your condition is downgraded when it worsens; upgraded when it improves.
on December 28,2012 | 01:20PM
kainalu wrote:
Sucks to be the driver of the last car - liable for the whole mess. A long time ago, I was the 2nd car in a similar 4-car pile up. My dad wanted to kick my arsh, until he learned I wasn't at fault.
on December 28,2012 | 01:24PM
primo1 wrote:
No it sucks to be one of the victims in one of the other three cars.
on December 28,2012 | 01:57PM
patk wrote:
If they even have insurance.
on December 28,2012 | 04:36PM
nitestalker4 wrote:
texting...looking up a phone number...trying to read a map, directions or address. what'll it be this time.
on December 28,2012 | 01:53PM
patk wrote:
Likely texting.
on December 28,2012 | 04:35PM
64hoo wrote:
lets see if your the first car in line you should not be hurt or the second car you should not be hurt the thitd car which got hit from behind yes you will get hurt along with the fourth car that person started the chain reaction. i can see from the first 2 cars a phony oh my neck i got whiplash even though they did'nt thats how they sue, so the best thing these peoplr should do stay 1 car lengh behind the person in front but nobody does that all the time so people when you come to a stop at a light stay 1 car lengh away from the car in front of you that way no chain reaction its just common sense.
on December 28,2012 | 04:15PM
Wardog wrote:
You make no sense...dumb post
on December 28,2012 | 05:19PM
64hoo wrote:
i know i was thinking like a dumbocrat but one thing thats true when you come to a stop light and your stopped stay 1 car lengh away from the car in front of you. and turn your wheel a little to the right. even if your in the left lane or the middile or right lane that way if you get hit from behind chances are if your in the right lane you go off the right and not hit the car in front of you if theres a chain reaction. if your in the far left lane do the same thing you did in the right lane turn your wheel a little to the right so you don't end up in the oppiste lane of oncoming traffic, and have a head on collision that shows good defensive driving. always stay a car lengh away and have your wheel turn a little towards the right.
on December 28,2012 | 07:11PM
Wardog wrote:
Another dumb post! Where do you get this from?
on December 28,2012 | 07:40PM
312guy wrote:
how did you come up with your theory of who gets hurt and who doesnt? please enlighten me! do you have a formula for speed, were your there to observe if the forth car applied his breaks etc.....
on December 28,2012 | 05:41PM
hikine wrote:
One car length waiting on a stop light? You must be joking! Blame the vehicle that started the whole chain reaction. Seems like the car was traveling in a high rate of speed and was not paying attention!
on December 28,2012 | 07:11PM
64hoo wrote:
no its no joke read your hawaii drivers manual its good to be a car lengh away when your behind another car at a stop light and driving you should be 1 car lengh for every 10 miles if your on the freeway and doing 60 you should be 6 car lenghs away from the person in front of you. that make sense and also good defensive driving. but you probally never learned about defensive driving must be you are a roadhog or you would know what i am talking about.
on December 28,2012 | 07:43PM
mrluke wrote:
64 is correct, in theory. It's just one of those things that's seldom taught or practiced in realistic traffic conditions. However, in this case it seems evident that the rear-end driver did not even attempt to slow down.
on December 29,2012 | 06:59AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
This will be increasingly common as the overdevelopment of the ‘Ewa plain along with the lack of adequate infrastructure create worsening driving conditions.
on December 28,2012 | 04:36PM
hikine wrote:
Blame the driver and not the system. Lots of people use the highway without accidents and this fool did not have his full attention while driving.
on December 28,2012 | 07:12PM
mrluke wrote:
on December 29,2012 | 07:00AM
mrluke wrote:
"lack of adequate infrastructure" Huh?! Please explain.
on December 29,2012 | 07:02AM
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