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H-1 westbound lanes reopen after truck load spills

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:10 a.m. HST, Sep 01, 2013

Police reopened all westbound lanes of the H-1 freeway near the Aiea Heights overpass after a cement or soil spill brought traffic to a crawl for thousands of motorists Saturday.

Police had closed off all but the far left westbound lane of the freeway near the Kaamilo Street after a truck spilled some kind of mixture in three lanes of the highway, a dispatch supervisor said. 

Police said the spill occurred around 2:50 p.m. Saturday.

The lanes were reopened at 7 p.m., but traffic was backed up for miles.

Dispatch reported that the spill was some kind of asphalt or concrete mixture but a traffic alert described it as soil. 

A Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said the spill was bigger than officials initially thought. As of 3:30 p.m. four engine companies, a ladder truck, a tanker and a battalion chief have been called to the scene.

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hanabatadayz wrote:
fine this company big time
on August 31,2013 | 03:47PM
syhud wrote:
Commercial truck drivers in Hawaii. The worst! No professional pride in the way they drive on the roads of Oahu.The worst? Rigs that haul asphalt.
on August 31,2013 | 04:02PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Agree.....these guys would be out of a job on the mainland.
on August 31,2013 | 08:46PM
Giligan wrote:
The freeway was a parking lot, affecting so many lives on Saturday afternoon. A professional truck driver's job is to keep his truck and others safe. Accidents will happen, but too many trucks are flying down the road, and causing stupid accidents.
on September 1,2013 | 01:10PM
paradisetax wrote:
Rail is going to alleviate situations like this.
on September 1,2013 | 05:26AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Only if it could piggy-back cars. Otherwise fuggettaboutit.
on September 1,2013 | 07:27AM
twitter6 wrote:
Exactly. These guy are reckless on the road. Typically see them flying at 70mph in moderate traffic knowing that their rigs take 5 times longer to stop than a regular sedan. In addition to a CDL they need to take a test on common sense.
on August 31,2013 | 04:20PM
jimbone wrote:
Just like Hawaii has the worst drivers in the 50 states.
on August 31,2013 | 04:45PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
A bumble bee bit the basking berserk boyish bar-hopping bus-driver in the behind.
on August 31,2013 | 04:38PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Were there any deaths?
on August 31,2013 | 04:56PM
jussayin wrote:
the company should pay for the cleanup
on August 31,2013 | 04:44PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on August 31,2013 | 04:59PM
Macadamiamac wrote:
And reimburse every car in the jam a tank of gas.
on September 1,2013 | 07:28AM
nitpikker wrote:
pay for cleanup and get fined!!
on September 1,2013 | 10:10AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
H-1 West must a parking lot all the way to Kahala.
on August 31,2013 | 05:03PM
truelies wrote:
SA imbesiles did not say if the truck driver stopped to clean up his mess
on August 31,2013 | 05:15PM
paniolo wrote:
Didn't see any large trucks nearby on evening news. Only saw firemen using shovels to scoop and put whatever it was on tarps.
on August 31,2013 | 07:41PM
roughandtough wrote:
The cement truck was pulled over about a mile or so away. Saw this from the over pass near Aiea High School, w/ a Cop Car next to the truck That was a terrible mess!!
on September 1,2013 | 06:24AM
rytsuru wrote:
How much shall we bet that this "soil" is from the sewage treatment plant at Sand Island.....?
on August 31,2013 | 05:36PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
my wife been stuck in this mess for over 2 hours. so what's to become of this mess?
on August 31,2013 | 07:00PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
My son missed the freeway entrance around then, so decided to drive on Kam Highway. Lucky move.
on August 31,2013 | 08:01PM
what wrote:
DOT needs to wake the F up and build another highway. Extend H-3 across Ford Island and on to Kapolei. This was proposed in 2005 and the Navy commander at the time was willing to make a deal, but Mufi killed it in favor of the disasterous rail plan.
on August 31,2013 | 09:04PM
nitpikker wrote:
h3 traffic is not heavy compared to h1/h2 traffic headed to and from town. it would have been a waste of money. i dont think you have too much cars going from ewa plain to windward side and vice-versa.
on September 1,2013 | 10:15AM
RKC808 wrote:
OMG I hope they fine the heck out of this stoopid truck company. He caused hours upon hours of delay for thousands of motorists. It took me over 6 hours to get home. Both my wife and my motorcycles were overheating. Thanks a lot cement truck driver. I hope you get fired.
on August 31,2013 | 09:48PM
Anonymous wrote:
Great job HFD!! It would have been a mess if that stuff had hardened on the freeway. Mahalo!!!
on August 31,2013 | 09:59PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Companies need to step up and stress the importance of safe driving when operating rigs, straight trucks, etc. They don't. Need to flush out immature drivers and replace them with responsible adults who are in need of these jobs. Especially the fools flying at over 70 mph headed out to Campbell.
on September 1,2013 | 12:30AM
krusha wrote:
They need to adjust those traffic lights when the traffic backs up like this. Seems like every intersection only one car could get through while the cars from the side roads get several cars through...
on September 1,2013 | 07:07AM
nitpikker wrote:
too many trucking companies!! too many lousy cdl drivers!
on September 1,2013 | 07:10AM
jasurace wrote:
How hard could it be to tell soil from cement from asphalt? Wasn't anyone there? C'mon, writers. Nit-picking? Cement is whole lot harder to clean up than dirt!
on September 1,2013 | 07:42AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Probably not cement because the firefighters were hosing it down...at least I HOPE not.
on September 1,2013 | 06:10PM
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