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Trucking company takes responsibility for spill that snarled traffic

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Traffic backed up in the Ewa direction of the H-1 freeway at the merge with the Moanalua freeway Wednesday morning.
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A private trucking company took responsibility for a cement spill along both the H-1 and H-2 freeways early Wednesday morning that brought Ewa-bound traffic on the freeway to a crawl.

Pineridge Farms Inc., a Kalihi trucking company, told the Department of Transportation that its cement truck spilled its load, DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara said.

The state will seek reimbursement from the company, Sakahara said. 

The amount is still being determined, he said.

A truck heading Ewa on the H-1 freeway apparently began spilling its load in the right lane in Pearl City at about 3 a.m. and the spill continued to the H-2 freeway toward Mililani, said Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara.

State crews responded and initially used street sweepers and pothole patching trucks to try and clean up the debris.

Traffic backed up in the Ewa direction as the crews closed lanes to finish the cleanup. The Zipper Lane, which deployed during the morning commute, also took away a lane of traffic in the Ewa direction.

Traffic was also heavy on alternate routes of Kamehameha Highway and Moanalua Road until mid-morning.

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