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H-1 westbound lanes reopened following truck fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:25 a.m. HST, Feb 07, 2014

A Marine Corps 10-wheeler caught on fire Thursday afternoon, causing its fuel tank to fail and lose most of its 150 gallons of diesel fuel on the H-1 freeway near Makakilo, a fire official said.

Police shut down some westbound lanes of the the H-1 before the Makakilo offramp for four hours after the 1:10 p.m. fire.

Capt. Terry Seelig said the driver and a passenger of the OshKosh LVSR (logistics vehicle system replacement) cargo vehicle pulled over when they saw smoke. (The vehicle was not hauling anything at the time of the fire.)

He said the fire started in the engine compartment, and the diesel fuel dripped down and flowed under the truck, damaging the fuel tank.

Firefighters first doused the fire with compressed air foam, then used absorbent material to try to stop the diesel from running into the storm drain, but most of it went down the storm drain.

Fire officials notified the Department of Health and the Coast Guard, but determined the fuel had not reached any waterways that lead to the ocean. The Marine Corps, under DOT and Coast Guard oversight, will clean up the spill.

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NanakuliBoss wrote:
The H1 freeway is a poorly managed major roadway. As the number 1 ranked highest volume of traffic in the state these problems occur too often. When a military truck smashed an Aiea overpass, the West side suffered for days. Yesterday a military truck stalled in the am yesterday causing backup to Campbell Industrial Park! People were late for work and school. A two and a half hour morning commute is taking it's toll on these families. This is happening EVERY OTHER DAY! it's a state highway! Call your state senator next time to find out if they were stuck in traffic. These highway solutions are failing if you don't have a tow truck big enough to tow away these stalls in a timely fashion. If a military convoy moves in traffic, they should have a mechanic or tow truck in the convoy. All stalled vehicles, cars, trailers,trucks,18 wheelers, should be towed with in 30 minutes of being stall. NO ONE IS CHECKING THESE THINGS.
on February 6,2014 | 05:37PM
SteveToo wrote:
I agree and when there is an accident it takes the cops to damn long to open the road. Thousands of people suffer because of this. Move in w/cameras still and movie and GET THE TRAFFIC MOVING that's your main job.
on February 6,2014 | 08:42PM
SteveToo wrote:
I agree and when there is an accident the cops take to long to get traffic moving again. Zoom in take still and video and GET THE CARS MOVING......
on February 6,2014 | 08:43PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Need an H4 already.
on February 7,2014 | 02:24AM
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