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H-1 East lanes reopen near Vineyard after wood chipper clogs traffic

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An overturned woodchipper on H-1 eastbound, near Ward Avenue, closed lanes and blocked traffic all the way back to Moanalua Gardens this morning. All lanes have been reopened.

All lanes of the H-1 freeway eastbound near the Vineyard on ramp reopened shortly after 10:30 a.m. today following a morning traffic backup caused by a diesel fuel spill from an overturned wood chipper.

City officials reported that the cleanup of a diesel fuel spilled has been completed.

Motorists should be aware, however, that traffic is still heavy in the area, which had been backed up for more than an hour this morning.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation tweeted about an hour ago that motorists should expect delays on eastbound H-1 at the Ward Avenue overpass due to the incident. Traffic was backed up to Moanalua Gardens.

While the wood chipper backed up traffic, police said there were no reports of critical injuries.

State transportation officials recommends that motorists check GoAkamai.org for real-time, traffic conditions in the area.

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