HONOLULU (AP) _ Hawaii football coach June Jones was critically injured Thursday when he drove into a concrete pillar on a freeway.

The 48-year-old coach was alone in his car when it ran off the road near the Honolulu Airport, police said. He was rushed to The Queen's Medical Center by ambulance.

The front of Jones' car was demolished when it hit the pillar. The car's air bags deployed.

Jones, the former NFL quarterback and head coach, took over the Hawaii program in 1999, setting an NCAA record for a one-year turnaround. After going 0-12 in 1998, the Warriors were 9-3 and won the Oahu Bowl in Jones' first season. Hawaii was 3-9 last year.

Jones turned down a multimillion-dollar contract to continue coaching the NFL's San Diego Chargers to take the Hawaii job. The former NFL quarterback also was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.