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Garbage truck fire slows traffic on H-1

Honolulu police reopened all townbound lanes of H-1 near Kunia at about 4 p.m. today, after a rubbish truck fire and ensuing diesel fuel spill had closed three lanes.

Police announced the closures, near the Managers Drive overpass, just before 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters responded shortly after 1 p.m. and found a garbage truck engulfed in flames, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Kevin Mokulehua.

The spill initially affected all five lanes and a shoulder lane, and an early estimate reported that about 50 gallons of fuel had run out onto the freeway, Mokulehua said. The spill stretched across about 300 feet of roadway.

Firefighters called the state Department of Transportation for assistance with the clean up, and the state contacted a private contractor who was responding, Mokulehua said.

Video and images posted to social media showed the cab of a green Honolulu Disposal Service front-loading truck engulfed in flames.

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