Marine Corps truck catches fire on H-1 Freeway

Published On: Feb 06 2014 01:14:00 PM HST
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -

Honolulu police say lanes were closed on the H-1 Freeway heading westbound before the Makakilo off-ramp due to a U.S. Marine Corps vehicle fire Thursday afternoon.

It happened at around 12:40 p.m.

The 10-wheel truck is called an Oshkosh LVSR, which is used to transport equipment.

Fire officials say the flames started in the engine compartment and diesel fuel dripped onto the road.  The driver then pulled over to the right hand shoulder.

The fire spread as fuel leaked.  The gas tank later failed releasing it fuel, according to fire officials.  About 150 gallons of fuel flowed into the storm drain on the freeway.  The Department of Health and Department of Transportation were notified.  The Coast Guard was also called, but the spill did not reach the ocean.

The freeway was temporarily closed because of the smoke.  The fire was under control by 1:10 p.m.  One lane was opened up while crews cleaned up at the scene.

No injuries were reported.  The military planned to tow the vehicle away.

At around 2:15 p.m., two westbound lanes on the H-1 Freeway were opened.

All lanes were reopened by 5:20 p.m.

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