Man Arrested After Felling Pine onto Highway

A man was hired by a private property owner to cut down a large pine tree on the property, which bordered the Kaumualii Highway in Hawaii. When the man cut the tree down, the tree fell into the highway and landed on a Dodge pickup truck travelling in the eastbound lane. The tree smashed into the roof and bed of the truck, injuring the driver, who was taken to the hospital with a possible neck injury. Another pickup travelling east hit the fallen tree and sustained front-end damage, but the driver was not injured.

The man who cut down the tree was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangering. The highway was closed for about an hour and traffic was rerouted while crews cleared the road of debris.