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Truck crash snarls H-1 morning commuteUPDATED 7:34 PM HST Jul 04, 2013Video Transcript
H- one freeway marred the mid-morning commute heading into town. KITV4's Catherine Cruz has more on a very close call for a driver whose truck went off the side of the freeway after losing it's load. It's not clear how a driver for Sherwood Tree services lost his load as he headed into town this morning. - 27:51 - 27: 56 - " The initial dispatch was a tow vehicle had gone off the freeway" Fearing the worst, emergency crews responded not sure of the extent of casualties from the mishap. The crash initially brought traffic on the H-one near Kaahumanu-- to a standstill. Crews found a flatbed trailer loaded with heavy equipment flipped on its side. The pickup towing the load apparently went sailing off the side of the freeway and down an embankment. The scene startled motorists up above and down below. - Larry Wilson 13: 55 14: 02 - "We pulled up to have breakfast at Grace's and we noticed the fire truck in the parking lot. - ??: "There were three fire trucks and ambulance hpd a lot of activity" The driver of the F250 pickup truck managed to get out on his own. But, the mess on the freeway forced the closure of two lanes on the freeway for at least three hours. - 29: 17-29:25 -"The initial arriving crews did a good job from preventing the diesel fuel from entering the storm drain and assessing and treating the victim upon arrival" - Cruz 32: 12- 32: 18 32: 56 -33 :05 "Had it not been for these trees the truck could have ended up in a nearby business center. Right in the middle of Dave's ice cream parlor," Workers and customers of Dave's and Grace's Inn say the didn't hear the commotion but were later surprised when they saw how close the truck came. The driver was sent to the hospital for treatment of his injuries that crews said didn't appear to be life threatening. - 29: 33 -29: 35 - "We are very fortunate. It could have been worse No word from police as to what caused the crash or if the driver will be cited.