PEARL CITY and AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - All lanes of the H-1 freeway near Waimalu have re-opened. At 3:00 p.m. a tractor-trailer and pickup truck collided spilling hydraulic fluid down a half mile stretch of the freeway. About 30 firefighters spread absorbent powder down to soak up the spill.
During that time all eastbound lanes were closed for more than an hour leaving drivers stuck in gridlock with nowhere to go. Some people got out of their cars and even tossed a football around to pass time.
By 4:15 p.m. the right lane and shoulder were open and by 4:30 all lanes were opened up. However that kicked up a cloud of white dust as the cars drove over the spill area.
"There still may be some fluid in place which is why a layer of absorbent will remain," said Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department. "There may be what appears to be dust in the air as they drive through it, well that's to continue to absorb the oil and provide traction."
Capt. Seelig says exposure to the dust will not cause any significant health issues, however people should drive with caution in the area.