City not responsible for truck stuck in Ewa trench

Courtesy: The Le Family

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A seven-foot-long trench in front of an Ewa home has residents raising safety concerns, especially after one of them accidentally drove into it.

When Richard Le’s brother came home Monday night, he made quite an entrance.

“I heard the truck go in. I heard it real loud and I ran out and I seen half of his truck. The back right tire was in it already,” Le said.

The back tire of his truck was stuck in a trench in front of their home on Renton Road.

“When he’s turning in from there, he has to make a big wide turn and when he’s turning the truck was going in this way and I guess it slipped the tire in,” Le said.

Le said the incident damaged the truck’s suspension and tires.

“We had to call the police and when the police came, they called the tow company for us and they towed it out at our own expenses out of pocket,” Le said.

KHON2 checked out the scene on Tuesday and learned the city hired Haron Construction to reconstruct the road.

Haron did some concrete curb and gutter work and left a seven-foot-long, one-foot-deep trench in front of the house. No metal plate or anything else was covering it.

The manager on site told KHON2, “If we have opening, we don’t have to put plate, yeah?”

But they also left 12 feet of space for residents to drive in and out of their garage.

The city says Haron gave the Le family enough space. The owner of the construction company told KHON2 they took the necessary preventive measures by placing barricades with blinking lights in the trench.

A worker also talked to a family member on Monday, warning them of the work they left behind.

But Le believes it’s still dangerous.

“Because this is our driveway. And they weren’t really doing anything about it,” Le said.

The owner of Haron Construction says the Le family can file a claim with Haron’s insurance company.

At this time, it is unknown if the family will do that.

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