Car carrying soldiers may have been racing in fiery freeway crash

The Honolulu Advertiser reported:

Funeral services for Mariano “Mel” Melvin Salangdron, a Safety Systems Hawai’i employee who was killed in a fiery crash on the H-1 Freeway on Feb. 13, will be held Saturday at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel.

Salangdron, 49, was riding in a flatbed truck owned by Safety Systems that was doing its regular morning inspection of the freeway section that becomes the Zipper lane for morning commuters. A car slammed into the rear of the truck and burst into flames, killing Salangdron and three Schofield Barracks soldiers. Police believe the two cars carrying the soldiers may have been racing.


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