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No serious injuries in truck crash off Pali Highway

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:35 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2013

A dump truck driver managed to escape with minor injuries Saturday before the truck he was driving plunged 50 feet down a cliff at a lookout area along the Pali Highway near Kapena Falls.

Police said the driver of the RK Construction truck noticed a problem with his brakes, pulled into the lookout parking lot, but the truck would not stop despite engaging the emergency brake.

The truck continued at 10 mph, and the driver jumped out before it went through a short rock wall and fell down the cliff at about 1:06 p.m. 

He was taken by ambulance in good condition to a hospital, police said.

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allie wrote:
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on November 16,2013 | 01:54PM
waikane_honolulu wrote:
Yes, slow down with your short-sighted, shallow and narrow-minded posts. Could have been a medical condition, mechanical failure, other driver error or any of a myriad of conditions.
on November 16,2013 | 02:12PM
kailua1980 wrote:
I'm with you! There's a cliche response "I won't dignify that with a response." We need to keep this in mind when reading allie's wonderful, insightful comments and responses. I sometimes wonder why we even bother.
on November 16,2013 | 03:25PM
2NDC wrote:
The truck rolled through the wall at 10mph WITH THE EMERGENCY BRAKE ENGAGED! Did you even bother to read the article? Dunno what you consider "fast", however 10mph seems pretty "slow" to me.
on November 16,2013 | 10:40PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Slow down? No. Not your thinking. Yikes.
on November 17,2013 | 08:09AM
Skyler wrote:
Glad the driver wasn't seriously injured - that's quite a drop.
on November 16,2013 | 03:57PM
Skyler wrote:
KITV has the whole story. SA blocked the link - go figure.
on November 16,2013 | 04:16PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Check your dial-up, Skyler, and I have no problem with my 50 mbs RoadRunner.
on November 17,2013 | 08:10AM
niimi wrote:
Fortunate for the driver that he could get out, and had the wherewithal to slow his truck, get if off the main highway, and try to bring it to a stop. I really want to know if the dump truck had a current safety check, and also if it really passed the safety check?
on November 16,2013 | 08:49PM
mellishi wrote:
...I believe the driver did the best thing at the last moment, by getting off the highway and acting responsive to his brake situation, thus avoiding a worst accident (if he continued down the hill near the Pauoa Road off ramp and going downhill on Pali Highway approaching School Street intersection or plowing into more cars along the way at Vineyard Blvd., or into downtown Honolulu).
on November 17,2013 | 06:38AM
mellishi wrote:
... oops sorry, I meant to say...(if he HAD continued down the hill near the Pauoa Road off...IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A WORST ACCIDENT)
on November 17,2013 | 06:43AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The driver's skill needs the safety check up. Heavy trucks are to go down hill in a lower gear to prevent the brakes from overheating and losing it capacity to function from overuse.
on November 17,2013 | 08:12AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Jump Out? This is not a Hollywood movie. Safer to remain inside of the vehicle.
on November 17,2013 | 08:08AM
cojef wrote:
Could be, but I'd take my chances and jump out at 10 miles an hour, instead of being in the vehicle and tumbling over 50 feet. As it turn out he walked away with minor injuries. The other alternative would be unthinkable.
on November 17,2013 | 08:48AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
agree w/cojef. Driver jumped, sustained minor injuries. Sometimes mike makes no sense at all.
on November 17,2013 | 12:33PM
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