Matthew Theunissen

Matthew Theunissen is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Traffic chaos continues after crash

An accident which blocked all four of the Southern Motorway's southbound lanes forced major roads to back up throughout the city. Photo / Brett Phibbs
An accident which blocked all four of the Southern Motorway's southbound lanes forced major roads to back up throughout the city. Photo / Brett Phibbs

There is more traffic chaos on Auckland's roads as thousands flock to today's Pasifika Festival and the Kumeu Show.

A crash between a motorcycle and 4WD vehicle on the Bombay Hills has caused traffic to be backed up as far afield as Pokeno.

A person is in a serious condition after the crash and has been taken to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

A police spokesman said several lanes were blocked due to the crash.

Motorists were asked to remain patient while police cleared up the scene and the serious crash unit carried out its investigation.

The Pasifika Festival, which began today at 10am in Auckland's Western Springs Park, is expected to draw thousands of locals and visitors from around the country.

The Kumeu Show, one of the country's largest rural field-days, also began this morning.

On Thursday, Auckland experienced its worst traffic gridlock in years caused by an extra squeeze of pressure on a stretched transport network after a serious crash closed all four southbound lanes of the main motorway out of town.

Meanwhile, a man was killed by a train near Te Awamutu early this morning.

Police said in a statement the incident occurred in the countryside south of the town about 4am.

A man in his late 20s or early 30s died. He was yet to be identified.

The death had been referred to the coroner although it was not considered suspicious.

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