A serious crash has closed State Highway 1 north of Auckland, with motorists warned to expect “extensive delays”
Emergency services were called to the scene of a serious two-car crash on SH1 between Puhoi and Warkworth, near Pohuehue.
A police spokesperson said the road is expected to remain closed in both directions for some time and motorists should expect extensive delays.
“Police were called about 5pm. Initial reports are there have been injuries.”
NZTA said the road was expected to be closed for 3-4 hours as the police undertake a serious crash investigation.
A northbound detour via SH16 from Silverdale will be put in place, the agency said.
Anyone travelling northbound or southbound in the area should take SH16.
A photo of the scene shows a collision involving multiple vehicles spread across both the north and southbound lanes.
Lines of traffic can be seen forming.
A northbound motorist in the area said traffic was backed up at least a kilometre after the crash.
He said it looked like a ute and a car were involved in the crash.
Meanwhile, motorists further south on SH1 in Kinleith, north of Taupō, have also been warned of extensive delays after a serious two-car crash closed the road in both directions.
A police spokesperson said they were alerted to the incident at 6pm and initial reports indicate that people are injured.
“The road is expected to remain closed in both directions for some time and
motorists should expect extensive delays. Motorists are asked to avoid the area, diversions will be in place.”
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