Highway reopened after Auckland truck crash

The northbound carriageway of State Highway One in central Auckland has reopened after a truck crash near the entrance to the Victoria Park tunnel closed all three lanes.

The New Zealand Transport Agency reopened the motorway about 3.15pm after the removal of the crashed truck and its container and a safety inspection. The nearby Wellington Street on-ramp has also reopened.

The truck and trailer crashed into the back of a stationary vehicle before rolling just before 1pm, police said. The drivers were taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

Fire Service spokeswoman Megan Ruru said one driver was trapped and rescue equipment was used to free them.

The transport agency says it will take some time for motorway congestion to clear and it does not expect the motorway northbound to be fully operational until the end of this afternoon's peak.

Traffic queues extend about 9km to the Ellerslie-Panmure interchange and heavy traffic is also reported in central Auckland.

Southbound traffic on the Southern Motorway is flowing normally.

- Herald Online

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