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Truck goes over H-1 freeway guard rail and down embankment

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:36 p.m. HST, Jul 04, 2013

A pickup truck traveling east on H-1 freeway crashed over a freeway guard rail and slid about 10-12 feet down an embankment before crashing into trees near the back of a strip mall building in Waimalu this morning.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said the driver of the truck was able to climb back on the freeway after the crash and did not appear to be seriously injured. The man was sent to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, an official with the city Department of Emergency Medical Services said.

But Honolulu-bound traffic slowed to a crawl through H-1’s Pearl City corridor. The two right lanes and shoulder of H-1 eastbound between the Kaahumanu Street overpass and Kaahele Street underpass were closed for about three hours as a work crew took steps to retrieve the truck.

Seelig said the Ford F-250 pickup apparently crashed over a freeway guard rail and slid 10 to 12 feet down the embankment near the Kaahele Street underpass.

After Honolulu police closed the two Honolulu-bound right lanes and the shoulder lane, traffic was backed up beyond the Kaahumanu Street overpass.

The truck was towing an excavator. The trailer and excavator tipped over and remained on the freeway until they were removed, Seelig said.

Trees stopped the truck from continuing down the embankment behind a Waimalu strip mall, Seelig said. The mall includes a Grace's Inn, Dave’s Ice Cream and Pizza Hut. The truck stopped about 50 feet from a flat area between the sloping embankment and the warehouse 

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allie wrote:
west side drivers scare us
on July 4,2013 | 10:57AM
honopic wrote:
Who is "us" allie? How many personalities do you have? Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 4,2013 | 11:19AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
LIma India Kilo Echo!!
on July 4,2013 | 12:39PM
copperwire9 wrote:
on July 4,2013 | 01:25PM
honopic wrote:
Roger that!
on July 5,2013 | 08:20AM
FrankieT wrote:
Yes, allie, whiskey, tango, foxtrot over
on July 4,2013 | 07:36PM
honopic wrote:
10-4, Frankie T!
on July 5,2013 | 08:22AM
808Warriors wrote:
Allie, by your comments, you seem to not like much about Hawaii or the people who live here. Therefore, please leave Hawaii as we would all be better for it.
on July 4,2013 | 10:38PM
hikine wrote:
Probably speeding and texting at the same time.
on July 4,2013 | 12:48PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Poor, reckless driving by this trucking guy. He needs to take some personal responsibility and pay for all the gas we have wasted in traffic due to his recklessness and inability to properly drive his vehicle. He has no consideration for others..
on July 4,2013 | 12:48PM
onwardupward wrote:
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on July 4,2013 | 01:37PM
got2breal wrote:
"The man was sent to a nearby hospital....."
on July 4,2013 | 07:27PM
FrankieT wrote:
Looking at the truck, I wonder if it was safe to drive?
on July 4,2013 | 07:37PM
nitpikker wrote:
i hope authorities make the driver/owner pay for ALL damages. taxpayers should not foot the bill for this type of accident. no matter if truck driver claims someone else caused accident. if you tow a load you better know how to respond in ANY situation!!
on July 4,2013 | 02:55PM
false wrote:
What a way to ruin an absolutely fabulous 4th. Best not to go down the freeway. Stay on the Westside and avoid the "riff raff" in town. Don't come down the Westside. We want to keep the beaches Country. No "allies" aloud.
on July 4,2013 | 03:17PM
fieldofstones wrote:
It's Grace's, not Diner's.
on July 4,2013 | 03:25PM
engineersoldier wrote:
All these drivers should be cited with negligent driving automatically until they prove otherwise. Enough with them.
on July 4,2013 | 05:07PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Was heading to Manoa to excavate the toxic trash in the area.
on July 4,2013 | 09:42PM
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