A truck driver has died after the lorry they were driving
rolled on an Auckland motorway overnight.
The crash occurred in the west-bound flyover lane of the
Southwestern Motorway between the intersection with State
Highway 1 and the Lambie Drive interchange, around 3am.
Police have closed the road - a major route to Auckland
International Airport - as they investigate the crash, which
is expected to cause a heavy backlog of traffic this morning.
The westbound flyover link from the Southern Motorway (SH1)
to the Southwestern Motorway (SH20) at Manukau will be closed
for several hours.
Detours are in place along Redoubt Road at Manukau but the
Transport Agency says congestion will be heavy and drivers
should allow more time for their journey or use other routes.
The heavy truck rolled on the flyover and smashed through a
long section of guardrail.
The recovery operation and repairs to the guardrail will take
several hours before the link between the two motorways is
safe to reopen, the Transport Agency said.
The police serious crash unit and commercial vehicle
investigation unit are investigating the cause of the crash.