Concrete truck overturns on H-1 freeway

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A concrete truck overturned on the H-1 freeway just after the King Street off-ramp forcing police to close all east-bound lanes for about three hours. The freeway was reopened at 1:20 p.m.

Honolulu Police said the truck overturned just after 10 a.m. According to Kurihara, the driver reported some kind of mechanical malfunction.

"He fought to control the vehicle, which wobbled and veered to the left and right of the center lane," Kurihara said, "and at that time, he made contact with two other vehicles."

The truck spilled much of its load onto the eastbound lanes just past the Old Waialae Road overpass.

"Part of his load of cement was spilled, and through the efforts of the fire department firefighters, they were able to scoop up most of it, to move it off the freeway before it started to set and become harder," Kurihara said.

Emergency crews also were cleaning up a diesel fuel leak from the truck.

The 30 year-old river of the truck was taken to the hospital in stable condition, complaining of back pain, Kurihara said. A female driver of one of the vehicles hit by the truck also was taken to the hospital in stable condition with back and shoulder pain. The third driver was unhurt.

Eastbound freeway traffic was diverted off at the King Street offramp. Eastbound traffic on King Street was diverted onto the Old Waialae Road offramp at the Hawaiian Humane Society and onto the freeway to avoid congestion with traffic coming off the freeway.

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