HONOLULU (KHON2) — Two people are dead after a two-car collision on Farrington Highway in Maili Saturday night. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday on Farrington Hwy, just West of Maipalaoa Rd.
Police said a man was driving a 1998 red Toyota pickup truck in the town direction when it crashed into a concrete barrier, continued across Farrington Highway and slammed into a white car that was heading towards Waianae. The white car was a white 2003 Acura.
The driver of the sedan, a 61 year-old-male, was pronounced dead on the scene. His passenger, a 40 year-old-woman, was taken to a nearby hospital where she too was pronounced dead.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 53 year-old-male, was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
“Last night, it sounded like a bomb went off I mean the crash was so loud that it woke everybody up,” said Samuel Pae Sr., who lives next to the bridge where the crash happened.
“The truck was upside down. People were stopping and trying to help get them out but they couldn’t until the fire truck got here and they had to use those jaws to take the doors apart and pull them out one by one,” Pae Sr. told KHON2.
Friends and family stopped by the crash scene on Sunday afternoon to leave flowers, lei, and balloons. One of them told KHON2 that people continued to speed past them as they left items at the memorial.
Others say the roadwork is causing confusion.
“The confusing part is shifting lanes,” Samuel Pae Jr. pointed out. “A lot of people speed through here, if we could have everyone just slow down in this particular area we won’t have a fatality like we had last night.”
“Where the lane starts to shift over, is where it looks like he hit the barrier and causing his vehicle to cross the lanes,” Pae Jr. said.
Pae said the roadwork started in October and although there are signs that show a lane shift, Pae Sr. said it’s hard to see the barriers at night.
“This place is really hazardous and there’s a lot of risk driving through here, and it really is sad [what happened],” Pae Jr. said.
This marks the 5th and 6th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, as compared to 5 at this time last year.
At this time it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors.
It is possible that speed may be a factor in this collision however the investigation is on-going.
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