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Wahiawa’s Wilikina Drive reopened after more than 8 hours

    A screenshot taken at 6:48 p.m. Thursday showed the flow of traffic in Wahiawa.
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Police said Wilikina Drive in Wahiawa was reopened about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, more than eight hours after the road was initially closed because of downed utility cables.

Wilikina Drive, between Kunia and Kaukonahu roads, was closed about 11:30 a.m. after a pickup truck collided with a semi-truck, sending two men to the hospital in stable condition.

The driver of the pickup was a 72-year-old man, and the semi-truck’s driver was a 59-year-old man, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

According to Hawaiian Telcom, the semi-truck driver was transporting a piece of heavy machinery when the vehicle snagged overhead cables, severing Hawaiian Telcom cables and knocking down a 40-foot utility pole.

Hawaiian Telcom crews erected a new utility pole and moved the fallen cables that were blocking traffic, the company said in a statement. All four lanes of traffic have been temporarily reopened to alleviate traffic congestion.

Paramedics said the pickup collided with downed utility lines and a vehicle rolled over. 

At about 9:30 p.m. lanes will be contraflowed on Wilikina Drive, allowing one lane of traffic in each direction. Crews will work through the night to replace the damaged cables and reopen all lanes as quickly as possible, Hawaiian Telcom said in a statement. About 10 customers reported telephone and internet service outages.

"Hawaiian Telcom thanks motorists and customers for their patience," the statement said.

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