Car crashes into tree in West Oahu

Accident shuts down important industrial area road

 UPDATED 11:36 AM HST Sep 08, 2013
HONOLULU -

One man is critically injured, another seriously hurt after a car slams into a tree in West Oahu.

The one-car crash also closed part of a critical boulevard for Campbell Industrial Park businesses.

The wreckage of the car ended up in the median of Kalaeloa Boulevard. Much of the passenger side was a twisted mess of mangled metal, some even wrapped around a tree.

According to Honolulu Police officers, the two men inside the car had to be hospitalized from injuries sustained in the crash.

As investigators pieced together what caused the car to careen into the tree, the road going into the industrial area was closed.

The single-car accident also slammed the brakes on a busy work day for many big rig drivers headed into the industrial park.

"This was actually our last run, then we were going to go home and do some shopping. We're stuck here. They said it was going to be a half an hour, but I'm sure it will be longer than that," said Rainy Thomas, with Rainbow Waste.

Truckloads of concrete, waste and cargo of all sorts stacked up along the road. Drivers were helpless to do anything but sit and wait.

"I'm stuck here and there are people waiting for me . Everybody has to wait," said Felix Faborito, with Aloha Containers Sales and Rental.

For two hours drivers waited and wondered when they would be able to get going again.

"Just so long as I can pull my load that my company needs me to pull, we'll be ok," said Justin Belaski, with Kalakunui.

The shut-down, even though temporary is still expected to have a big impact on some small businesses in West Oahu.

"I'm the only one at my company that does the driving, so whatever doesn't get done today has to be done tomorrow. I'll have to come in and play catch up. We're just a small company," said Faborito.

Finally, just before eleven in the morning, police contra-flowed outgoing lanes of traffic, which allowed drivers to finally fire up their big rigs. The trucks moving meant some small businesses were also able to get going again.

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