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City, state respond to traffic jam on H-1 after fatal crash

Fatal accident causes major traffic slowdown for westbound drivers Fatal accident causes major traffic slowdown for westbound drivers
WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state and city worked faster to mitigate traffic congestion on the H-1 Freeway after a fatal traffic incident forced lane closures on the westbound side during rush hour Wednesday around 3 p.m. Though thousands of drivers were delayed, some by hours, it wasn't for a lack of trying to alert them.

Shortly after the incident occurred, the Honolulu Police Department used Nixle alerts to communicate the closures of the two right-hand lanes between the Waimalu and Waipahu exits. After that, the city's traffic management center, state Department of Transportation, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and local media – including Hawaii News Now – took to Twitter and mobile apps to alert the public.

The state moved to stop all rail work at the Waipahu exit nearby. They opened up right shoulder lanes running through the area and they opened up the HOV lanes to all drivers as well.

Naturally, drivers would get off the H-1 and head for Kamehameha Highway, but at one point, traffic flow moved even slower than on the H-1, so drivers were alerted to stay put.

Some drivers reported up to two hours for their westward commute home, but again, it wasn't for a lack of trying to alleviate the mess by the city and state.

The key is that drivers should have access to the information for it to be helpful. Officials say it's important to sign up for some sort of traffic alert system. Drivers should keep in mind though that it is against the law to use a cell phone while behind the wheel. 

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