Rocks on freeway damaging cars; drivers blame construction site

Rocks on freeway damaging cars; drivers blame construction site
Shayna Manufekai and her daughter
Shayna Manufekai and her daughter

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Shayna Manufekai-Keliiholokai is relieved she and her one-year-old daughter, Bravery-Ann, are OK after a giant rock smashed into her car Tuesday afternoon on the H-1 Freeway.

"I was super scared because that was a big rock. It wasn't like a small little rock that could crack my windshield, it was a huge rock. It made a huge dent. It was super loud. I got scared, she kinda screamed a little," Manufekai-Keliiholokai said.

She said she was traveling eastbound on the freeway near Farrington High School when she heard a loud thud.

"I saw a rock bouncing on the freeway kinda towards me so I kinda came a little slower and it had hit the front of my car and took my mirror," she said.

She said she immediately pulled over to call police. When she did, she said she saw a tour bus with a busted-in window also pulled over to the side. She said the driver was frantic and one of the passengers was bleeding.

"The side window had cracked and it hit a girl on the side of her face and had all the glass…she had all blood under her chin over here and I saw the napkins, they were trying to help her wipe, but she was crying, she looked super scared."

When Freeway Services Patrol and Honolulu Police officers got on scene, Manufekai-Keliiholokai said they told her they've been getting similar calls for weeks. She said they told her it's because of the construction at the Farrington High School football field.

"On the side of I guess the field that they're working on is where they toss all the big rocks and some of it has been going over which is why I guess we're getting hit. It's scary because it could be a bigger rock that comes next time," Manufekai-Keliiholokai said.

"Be careful because that's kind of a scary spot right now. I know that project has been going on for awhile, so I don't how much longer its going to be going on, just be safe," she said.

A Department of Education spokeswoman issued a statement saying:

A review of the work site does not reveal any rocks being strewn from construction. Additionally, the location where rocks are allegedly coming from is not school property. However, we are taking the claim seriously and are contacting the Department of Transportation for assistance in identifying the possible source of the rocks.  

Hawaii News Now also reached out to the Department of Transportation for more information. We are still waiting for a response.

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