AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A crash involving a refuse dump truck caused a Halloween traffic nightmare during the afternoon commute.
The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. According to an eyewitness, the truck from Rainbow Waste Services was heading into town near the Kaamilo Street overpass when it veered left, struck the median and then became wedged in the zipper lane, which was closed at the time.
Traffic in both directions of the H-1 was snarled as crews closed two to three lanes in both directions to remove the large truck, and then to make repairs to the barrier. State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter said crews had to make immediate temporary repairs to the barrier, which was badly damaged in the crash.
The westbound lanes were reopened at about 7 p.m., and the eastbound lanes 45 minutes later. However, afternoon traffic headed to west and central Oahu was at a crawl all the way back into town. A bus driver said it took her more than two hours to get from Center Drive near Radford to Kaamilo Street by Aiea High School, a trip that usually takes 15 minutes.
The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Reached by phone, Rainbow Waste Services said the driver was shaken up and had cuts and bruises, but was otherwise fine. The company also said it did not know what caused the crash, and would be conducting an investigation.
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