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Multi-vehicle crashes near H-1/H-2 merge jams eastbound traffic

4 persons injured in crashes resulting in 2 overturned vehicles

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:14 a.m. HST, Mar 02, 2013

A series of collisions involving multiple vehicles near the H-1/H-2 merge, eastbound direction, on Friday night resulted in two overturned vehicles, at least four injured persons and significant traffic congestion in the Wai­kele area.

Honolulu Fire Department personnel were called to extricate a person trapped in one of the overturned vehicles.

A 48-year-old man was taken in serious condition to a hospital, while three others were transported in stable condition.

It was not determined how many vehicles were involved in the 8:30 p.m. incident.

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RetiredWorking wrote:
I've traveled thru that intersection many times. It amazes me that there are no signs to clearly state which lane is merging, and who has the right of way. That's why I always avoid the merging lanes.
on March 2,2013 | 06:23AM
Willieboy wrote:
if you don't understand the signs you shouldn't be driving.... the problem is drivers in hawaii do not know how to merge properly! both cars are supposed to adjust their speeds, not the common mentality of "hell no you ain't cutting in front of me" attitude.....so keep avoiding the "merge lanes" and traffic will flow much smoother.
on March 2,2013 | 07:26AM
localguy wrote:
Actually the problem goes back to the clueless HI DoT wannabe engineers who were responsible for the shoddy merge design. From the start having a fast lane and slow lane merge was a bad idea, responsible for the traffic backlog this merge creates. Had engineers done it right both freeways would have merged with all lanes intact, later on an outside lane would go away. In California two major freeways, 5 & 805 merge, an 8 lane wide merge, no middle lane merges. As the distance goes by the outside lanes gradually merge away, leaving 4 lanes. You do not have to slow down, you merge at freeway speeds. Sad to say the HI DoT engineers are not up to world class, mainland freeway design standards. The reason for the H1 and H2 merge debacle. This is what they do.
on March 2,2013 | 08:37AM
nitpikker wrote:
you're right! can we blame this on dingle too!?
on March 2,2013 | 11:55AM
allie wrote:
on March 2,2013 | 07:54AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
To the Department of Transportation: The merge at H1/H2 eastbound is very dangerous. There need to be signs posted on both roads well ahead of the merge that lead to the merge as the inside lanes become one without visual indication. And one of the roads need to yield to the other. As such, one of the roads should be designated as the yielding road. Further, there should be lines on the road and the word "Yield" on the pavement to indicate the merge and the yield.
on March 2,2013 | 11:58AM
iwanaknow wrote:
good idea but will DOT listen? I think not.
on March 2,2013 | 02:42PM
localguy wrote:
Years ago when Kazu Hayashida was in charge of our DOT, (He used to manage the BWS, had no transportation background) Perry and Price were talking with him,asking how the merge worked. His answer was first car in the merge has right of way. Yeah, right, like this is how it is done in the real world of free merges. Again, DOT failed to design to standard, we are stuck with their willful failure.
on March 2,2013 | 03:01PM
koich72 wrote:
Also, idiots need to pay attention to the road ahead of them instead of rubber necking. Some first responders (i.e. firemen) almost got hit while trying to free the person pinned in one of the cars.
on March 2,2013 | 04:34PM
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