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Accident involving military buses near H-1, H-2 merge causes major traffic delays

WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The driver of a Mini Cooper was transported to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition Wednesday morning following a crash on the H-1 Freeway eastbound near the H-1, H-2 merge by the Farrington Highway overpass.

According to initial police reports, a military transport bus hit the back of the vehicle around 5:30 a.m. and then the car hit the back of another military bus in front of it.

Honolulu fire officials say that about eight firefighters responded to assist and disabled the car's battery as a preventative fire measure. They also removed any hazardous materials on the road. They noted that another party had used a fire extinguisher on the vehicle prior to their arrival.

Traffic reporter Danielle Tucker indicated that some soldiers on the bus used the extinguisher to put out a fire on the car.

U.S. Army officials in Hawaii don't yet have all the details from the incident but did confirm their soldiers were being transported from Schofield Barracks to the airport to depart for training exercises. None of the soldiers were harmed.

The buses were released from the scene around 6:30 a.m. and the car was towed around 7 a.m.

Lanes were initially closed down to one, but reopened within the hour. However, the backlog during the heart of the commute lingered.

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