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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:01 p.m., Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Army apologizes for traffic woes tied to H-1 accident

By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer

The Army today said it continues to investigate the H-1 accident that closed the freeway yesterday, snarled traffic, and resulted in commutes of many hours.

The truck and hydraulic excavator that hit a pedestrian overpass in 'Aiea were from the 82nd Engineer Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 8th Sustainment Command (Theater), the Army said.

The heavy equipment was being transported from Pearl Harbor to Schofield Barracks.

"We offer our regrets and apologies to all the residents of O'ahu who were inconvenienced by this accident," Lt. Col. John C. Williams, a spokesman for U.S. Army, Pacific, at Fort Shafter, said in a statement. "We are currently conducting a thorough investigation into this accident. As part of this investigation, we are reviewing all procedures with the goal of preventing future accidents of this type. Additionally, we are fully cooperating with all agencies involved in investigating this accident."

Reach William Cole at wcole@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-5459.