Tour bus causes chain-reaction crash on Pali Highway

Wes Begley
Wes Begley

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An out-of-control tour bus transporting visitors from Japan caused a chain-reaction crash on the Pali Highway that sent four people to the hospital. Wes Begley shot video of the fiery scene moments after he heard a commotion outside his home on Wednesday.

"The first bang must have been the bus. By the time I got out there, the bus had already gone down and all I saw was some people pulling a guy out of a BMW that was on fire," Begley said.

The trouble started around 10 in the morning. A Travel Plaza Transportation tour bus heading into town plowed into some cars stopped at the Waokanaka Street intersection.

"I think the bus may have hit one or two of the cars, then they hit other cars. Anyway, four vehicles were involved all together," said Maj. William Chur of the Honolulu Police Department.

"Two of the vehicles looked like they had more damage than the other two. One of them actually rolled into the intersection and caught fire," said Capt. Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department.

Paramedics took two men, ages 33 and 63, to the hospital in serious condition. Brian Kajiyama and his mother were in a Dodge Caravan that was damaged. They went to the hospital on their own.

"From the description that the witnesses gave, it's possible that the bus' brakes may have malfunctioned," said Chur.

The tour bus also knocked over a wooden bus shelter before finally coming to a stop up to half a mile down the road. According to a person on the bus, the terrified tour guide, driver, and the nine Japanese passengers had to hold on during the wild ride. No one on the bus was injured.

"I feel good that everyone's all right because there has been some injuries before here and to see an accident that big and everyone be all right is quite amazing, really," said Begley.

Travel Plaza Transportation did not respond to calls for comment.

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