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Some lanes reopened, 3 injured in fiery crash near Makakilo


    This traffic camera image shows traffic at a standstill this afternoon on the H-1 freeway near Makakilo.

Police reopened some lanes of the H-1 Freeway in the Waianae-bound direction in Kapolei after a crash and vehicle fire near Kapolei.

The crash happened about 4:40 p.m. near the Makakilo off-ramp.

Paramedics treated 3 people for injuries and took them to the hospital in serious condition. All three got out of their vehicles on their own, Emergency Medical Services reported.

Police said according to initial reports a vehicle collided with a semi-tractor truck in the town-bound lanes, resulting in a vehicle flipping over and landing in the Waianae-bound lanes. All Waianae-bound lanes were initially closed after the crash. Police reopened all the lanes at about 6:20 p.m.

The truck may have blown a tire, which caused it to hit the median, according to the EMS report.

A woman in a sports utility vehicle, believed to be 36-years-old, was apparently struck by a tire from the truck. She suffered apparent head, neck, shoulder, back and abdomen pain. The driver of the sports utility vehicle, a 40-year-old man, was treated for apparent neck, back, chest, left knee pain and abrasions to his left arm. Both were wearing seat belts, the EMS report said.

The driver of the truck, a 69-year-old man, was also injured and was also wearing a seat belt, EMS said.

Firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire and were cleaning up a diesel spill, reportedly of about 60 gallons, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins.

Traffic cameras showed cars at a standstill in Makakilo following the freeway closure.

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  • It’s now 4 hours after the accident and the StarAdvertiser STILL doesn’t have its facts straight.

    The collision happened in the Waianae bound lanes and the truck flipped into the town bound lanes. Also, no mention whatsoever that traffic was stopped and backed up in BOTH directions.

    Clueless reporting as always. What a joke!

  • Notice now that the StarAdvertiser updated the story at 10:19pm and STILL hasn’t corrected any of its mistakes as noted above about the correct directions on the freeway that were affected.

    If you want the correct facts, please see the KITV or Hawaii News Now websites instead.

  • Notice the increase in big truck accidents on the freeway? Small wonder you see big rigs hauling at 70 mph in the fast lane and tail gating. Our HPD and DOT seems to condone this…many CONUS states have strong laws requiring big rigs max 55 mph, no left lane with notable exceptions. The State and City Govt. needs to learn and improve from others.

    • Been saying for years, like almost all of mainland US, large oversized trucks and buses are PROHIBITED BY LAW from driving in the left most lane to reduce trucks bombing down Oahu freeways at breakneck speeds AND in the event of accident, reduce the possibility of a truck landing in the freeway going the opposite direction AND potentially damage the zipper lane barrier next to the center median.

      • That is also law in Europe. Another EUn law is the prohibition of driving side by side with another vehicle. if one wants to live, the blind spot of a big rig driver is not a good place, a smaller car is bad enough. Never happen in Hawaii. Only concern is making everyone stay below 55. Does no good if vehicles are too close to each other.

  • I wonder if the people driving like maniacs tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic causing unsafe conditions on the road have to go. That would be the only reason I could even begin to excuse their dangerous driving.

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