HONOLULU (KHON2) — A woman was seriously hospitalized and her condition was later downgraded to critical after she was pinned under a bus in Nu‘uanu on Wednesday, Sept. 22, according to Honolulu police.
The Honolulu Fire Department said the woman, “an elderly Asian female,” was found pinned under the front of the bus when firefighters arrived at 6:02 a.m. at the corner of Ihe and Liliha streets.
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Honolulu police said a 42-year-old man was traveling north on Liliha Street and collided with the woman as she crossed Liliha Street near Bates Street in a marked crosswalk at 5:57 a.m.
Police closed Liliha Street in both directions between Judd Street and Kunawai Lane from 6:17 to 7:23 a.m. due to the pedestrian-involved collision. According to HFD, Rescue 1 was initiated at the scene in anticipation of needing heavy-duty air bags to lift the bus.
Firefighters used battery-powered hydraulic spreaders and cutters along with jacks and wood-cribbing to raise the bus and extricate the patient. HFD was then able to transfer the woman to Emergency Medical Services at 6:11 a.m.
Oahu Transit Services, Inc. released the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the report of the accident that occurred early this morning and express our heartfelt wishes to the injured woman for a full and quick recovery. We are fully cooperating with the ongoing HPD investigation and will continue to assist in any way possible.Oahu Transit Services, Inc.
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Honolulu police are investigating the scene and all motorists are advised to use alternate routes.