• May 31, 2022

Truck Driver Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on Hanua Street in Kapolei, HI

Kapolei, HI -- May 30, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck crashed along Hanua Street.

Preliminary reports indicated that the accident took place at around 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Hanua Street and Malakole Street.

Officials said that a commercial truck was traveling Hanua when it somehow crashed into an unoccupied truck parked along the roadway. This caused cargo in the back of the driver's truck to shift forward through the back of the driver's cab.

Due to the collision, the driver of the first truck, identified only as a 57-year-old Waipahu man, sustained fatal injuries.

No particular cause for the crash is clear at this time.

Commentary on Fatal Truck Accident on Hanua Street in Kapolei

There are a few factors that people may not consider unless they've had the decades of truck wreck experience I have. While it's obviously important to find out if the victim's behavior contributed to this at all, it's also important not to overlook two key factors in these reports: the parked truck and the cargo shift.

To the former, a truck driver is not automatically in the clear just because they're not in their truck. If, for example, investigations showed a truck was jutting out dangerously into a lane of travel rather than being safely along the curb, they it can create a deadly hazard, especially at night. There are also roadways too narrow to safely park on which some less scrupulous drivers will do anyway for their own convenience. Are investigators looking into how and where this truck was parked and whether or not it was parked in as safe a manner as possible?

Truck Driver Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on Hanua Street in Kapolei, HI

To the latter issue, cargo shifts are relatively uncommon, though they are far more likely to happen as the result of a serious crash. Workers generally have a duty to secure loads as much as reasonably possible. Obviously, bindings are only going to work up to a certain point. If there's a serious crash, then properly secured cargo could still shift. There are other times, however, where a collision should be relatively minor, but poorly secured cargo moves when it shouldn't, crushing the truck driver's cab or other nearby vehicles. Could it be that something like that happened here?

Ultimately, the takeaway here needs to be that these reports are anything but complete. I couldn't possibly begin to speculate on what did or didn't happen here without more thorough investigations. My hope is others are equally prudent rather than jumping to conclusions. For there to be any kind of resolution here, the victim's loved ones need to know they're getting the full story.

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