HPD: Inattentive driving caused chain-reaction crash on H-1 Freeway

Honolulu police say inattentive driving caused a crash involving multiple vehicles on the H-1 Freeway Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. in the left westbound lane in Waipahu.

Several dashboard cameras caught the terrifying moments on video. A vehicle rear-ended another vehicle, causing a chain reaction that resulted in an overturned car.

“You can see the car’s shadow as it land on the lane next to me. I actually felt some gravel hit the side of my face as my windows and sunroof were opened,” Jonny Rubio wrote on Facebook.

Two of the vehicles landed directly in front of Vu Khuong’s car. He had recently purchased a dashboard camera to document scenic routes of the island, and recorded the entire crash.

Khuong said he stopped just in time, before the vehicles got pushed into his lane.

“I was nervous because I didn’t know if my car’s brakes would work or not, and at the time, I was like please don’t get rear-ended, because, you know, I’m doing an emergency brake,” Khuong told KHON2.

Khuong said he and other witnesses checked to see if the victims were okay.

Two people were hospitalized in serious condition — a 27-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man. According to Emergency Medical Services, the man was in the vehicle that overturned. Both patients were wearing seat belts at the time.

The westbound lanes were shut down for more than an hour until the scene was cleared.

Honolulu police and driving instructors urge motorists to pay attention to the traffic ahead of and around them.

“You have basically one second between cars and that’s not enough reaction time,” said instructor Steven Wong. “By the time you start to put the foot on the brake, it’s already one second.”

Khuong says he posted his video on YouTube, hoping that it could be of some use to those involved in the crash and to remind others to drive safely.

He also submitted his video to Honolulu police.

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