More than four hours of commuter chaos followed a truck crash
on Auckland's Southern Motorway yesterday.
Motorists faced long delays after the truck, filled with bags
of ice, rolled in the southbound lane just south of Market
Road about 2.40pm.
Traffic was backed up as the scene was cleared, Inspector
Chris Robinson of northern police communications said.
The traffic had returned to normal levels by 7pm.
A nose-to-tail collision in the Dome Valley north of Auckland
also caused long delays for motorists travelling in both
The crash happened about 3pm at the site of a stop/go sign
where roadworks were taking place, Mr Robinson said.
There were already delays as a result of the roadworks, which
were compounded by the nose-to-tail crash, he said. "It was
down to one lane anyway."
While no one was injured, delays lasted about two hours, with
queues extending to Wellsford and Warkworth.
Also yesterday afternoon, an elderly couple died after they
were hit by a car while crossing a Taranaki highway.
St John Central Region district operations manager Ian May
said the couple were hit at 2pm while crossing State Highway
3 near Tongaporutu, a settlement north of New Plymouth.
A passing emergency department doctor was almost immediately
on scene and the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter
attended with two St John intensive care paramedics.
The couple died at the scene.
And in Wellington, a car which broke down in one of Ngauranga
Gorge's northbound lanes mid-afternoon also caused problems.
The car blocked the centre lane between Tyers Road and the
top of the Gorge.
There were short delays in the area, and the scene was
cleared by early , Wellington police said.