PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state will seek reimbursement for the cleanup costs from the trucking company involved in Wednesday morning's dry cement mix spill along stretches of the H-1 Freeway west, the H-2 north and Kamehameha Highway near Wheeler Army Airfield.
Pineridge Farms Inc. officials said a gate malfunctioned on one of its dump trucks that was hauling the load from Halawa to Wahiawa around 2:30 a.m.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara said the cost will likely be low, probably a few thousand dollars.
Honolulu police are investigating a "spilling load" violation and may cite the company as early as Thursday, police said. A judge would be involved in issuing any penalties if that should happen, authorities added.
State road crews began the cleanup that hour after the spill was reported, but it would ultimately send traffic along those stretches into gridlock as well as all the alternate westbound routes. Traffic began to resume a normal flow pattern around 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the afternoon.
State officials did not close the zipper lane on the H-1 freeway west to help alleviate traffic. They believed that doing so would make traffic even worse for the heavier flowing eastbound commuters headed into town.