HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A city bus crashed into a water tanker in the Kalihi-Palama area early Friday, sending 10 passengers to the hospital, paramedics say.
It happened shortly after midnight on Halona Street near the Palama Street intersection.
Emergency Medical Services said the 10 patients were passengers aboard the bus. Five of them were seriously injured, while the rest were in stable condition.
Officials added the bus driver refused treatment and that the water tanker driver was not hurt.
Oahu Transit Services said the driver of the city bus is a 27-year veteran of the agency and has been taken “offline” pending an investigation.
“Public transit is still the safest form of ground transportation," said Roger Morton, of OTS. "We deeply regret when we do have an accident, but we want to assure the public that providing safe service is our top priority.”
Oahu Transit Services also said that drivers are regularly screened for drugs and alcohol, and the bus driver involved in the accident was tested directly after the crash.
Police said the crash resulted in a damaged fire hydrant. Crews have since turned off the water.
A portion of Halona Street was shut down during the investigation, but all lanes have since been reopened.
This story will be updated.