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State responds to Halloween traffic nightmare

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The accident that tied up traffic for six hours in Aiea has been cleared, but the resentment of missing Halloween plans still lingers for some drivers.

"I was supposed to be home by 5:00 pm so I could take my girls trick or treating and it ended up being 7:17 because I couldn't get home and I was just five minutes away," said David Tuffin, Foster Village.

"Horrendous, monstrous," said Johanne Jrlego, Ewa Beach.

"The express busses are really full so people are standing, they had to sit because the wait was so long. I was stuck there for three hours before I got home," said Mariah Vann-Martin, Wahiawa.

People were still haunted by the traffic that ruined plenty of Halloween plans. Even those that lived miles away from the actual accident site in Aiea were affected and surface streets were backed up just as bad.

"It took about twice as long as it usually takes," said Alex Wu, Ala Moana.

"It's just kind of a pain to wait around all the time," said Darren Inaba, Kalakaua.

"Unfortunately because we don't really have many or any alternate routes when something big like that happens and it shuts down several lanes of the freeway we do have that major congestion and it does back up onto the surface streets. It is a problem," said Caroline Sluyter, State Department of Transportation Spokesperson.

The truck owned by Rainbow Waste Services hit the center barrier blocking lanes in both directions for more than six hours.  So why couldn't state crews push the rubble to the center and come back after rush hour to fix it?

"It really is a safety concern. To leave rubble in the middle of the road would be a safety issue and also we need that protection there because we have traffic going at freeway speeds and it's important to have a very strong barrier there to protect the cars from travelling into one another," said Sluyter.

The state will replace five damaged sections of the barrier at an estimated cost of $40,000 to $50,000.  The work will be done at night, not during peak traffic hours.  The state will send the bill to the truck driver's company if he is found to be at fault.

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