Metal object damages vehicles on H-1 near Middle Street


Some drivers on the H-1 Freeway just after 9 p.m. Saturday got a rude jolt as a piece of the highway got loose and damaged several cars near Kalihi.

But what was it?

One of the unfortunate motorists — who only wanted to be identified by her first name Valerie — said she never saw the object, but knew something was going on because of all the cars pulled to the side of the road.

“It’s like a regular evening,” she said. “I picked my daughter up and we were on our way home.”

But then, “It felt like I hit a truck or something.” The incident took place while Valerie was merging onto the H-1 Freeway in the Ewa direction from the Dillingham on-ramp.

“The first thing that alerted me was the first bang that I heard, and I thought I better be careful, but by then I had already run over it.”

Honolulu police said it was a metal two-by-four expansion joint used to connect concrete that was causing the problem. It was sticking out of the roadway and caused damage to multiple cars, including Valerie’s.

“The front of my car, the driver side, lower part of the fender is scraped and cracked in two areas right below the headlight.”

She said other cars had similar damage and some had flat tires. “There were other cars that had parts of their car fallen off,” she added.

Police did close the two leftmost lanes at the top of the Middle Street ramp onto H-1 westbound until about 11:45 p.m. and the object has since been removed.

Now, Valerie said she will be waiting to get the damage fixed, and was glad nobody was hurt.

KHON2 is waiting on a response from the Dept. of Transportation about the incident.

Photo: Tasha Meyer

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