Oil spill causes westbound traffic gridlock on H-1

Oil spill causes westbound traffic gridlock on H-1

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Traffic was at a standstill late Tuesday afternoon because of a mile-long spill on the H-1 freeway.

The spill occurred around 11 a.m. near the Waipahu exit in the westbound direction, forcing crews to close two lanes as they cleaned the mess. Traffic was already starting to back up then.

Nearly seven hours later, the State Department of Transportation opened the HOV lane to all vehicles to help alleviate the situation. Even though crews finished cleaning spill, the traffic was gridlocked.

Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara said he takes responsibility and should have sent out an alert earlier. But Sakahara said he wasn't notified until later that the spill cleanup was taking far longer than expected.

Details about what caused the spill are currently unknown.

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