Van smashes into Coast Guard beacon, two hospitalized

Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson
Captain Robert Main
Captain Robert Main
Charles Ho
Charles Ho

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

ALA MOANA (KHNL) - It was a frightening Father's Day for Oahu drivers on Ala Moana Boulevard after a tower collapsed dangerously onto the roadway.

Paramedics sent two people to the hospital after their van crashed into the tower and knocked it down.

It happened around 5:42 Sunday evening in front of Fisherman's Wharf, leaving drivers stuck in traffic and another couple thankful they escaped without a scratch.

Firefighters say the U.S. Coast Guard navigation beacon crashed down on all four townbound lanes of Ala Moana Boulevard near Ward Avenue, after a beige van smashed into it.

"I was just sitting across the street there at Fisherman's Wharf and noticed the car coming around the corner there, and seemed like they lost control and they ran into the tower," said Bob Wilson, a witness.

Investigators say the driver and the passenger in the van sustained injuries.

"We have two victims that were extricated prior to HFD's arrival. Both were taken to Queen's Hospital," said Captain Robert Main of the Honolulu Fire Department.

A blue car was sitting on a red light when it happened. The driver says he and his wife were heading to Aloha Tower Marketplace for dinner when the tower crushed his vehicle. Luckily, it landed on their trunk.

"The pole began to bend and fall down on my car. I tried to move my car but my hand and leg became shaken. I got confused. Luckily, I missed the pole," said Charles Ho, the driver.

The couple managed to get out of the car, shaken, but not hurt.

The crash snarled traffic in the area, forcing police to re-route Waikiki-bound traffic up Ward Avenue.

Honolulu Police are now investigating what caused the van to lose control and knock the beacon down.

Lanes on Ala Moana Boulevard re-opened just after 8:00 p.m.