Oahu highway landslide closes lanes during rush-hour

HONOLULU — Honolulu-bound lanes of a highway remain closed after a landslide during the rush-hour commute.

The state Department of Transportation posted on Facebook at about 8:30 a.m. Monday that motorists should avoid Honolulu-bound lanes of Pali Highway because of a landslide blocking the left lane near the tunnels.

The department says the rockslide happened at about 7 a.m.

The highway was later closed in both directions as officials inspected the hillside. The department announced shortly after 11 a.m. that the Kailua-bound lanes had re-opened.

Officials anticipate re-opening Honolulu lanes in time for the afternoon commute.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant says falling rocks damaged four vehicles. He says five-to-six rocks fell. He says firefighters described the biggest rock as the size of two basketballs.

No injuries were reported.

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