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Runaway truck hits house but avoids rush-hour disaster

Krishna Vaccaro Krishna Vaccaro
Ferdinand Endo Ferdinand Endo

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A split second decision by a truck driver on the Pali Highway Friday morning prevented other motorists from being hurt or even killed.

The 34 year old man driving the truck, owned by Tampos Trucking Inc., was headed down the Pali toward Honolulu at about 9 a.m. when his brakes apparently went out.

He veered left through the median ... crossed the Kailua-bound lanes and slammed into a house.

The collision destroyed the garage and smashed a car parked in the garage, but no one in the home was hurt.

"I'm assuming he had to make an evasive maneuver to either injure vehicles that were stuck in traffic or make a choice of coming across traffic and making the choice of lesser evil," said Sgt. Glenn Viloria of the Honolulu Police Department.

"He was trying to stop the truck. So he rammed into my house ... my car," added Ferdinand Endo, whose home was damaged by the truck.

Endo and another person were in the home, but neither of them was hurt.

The truck driver was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in good condition.

The Kailua-bound lanes were closed until about 11:40 a.m. while the mess was cleaned up.

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