Traffic congestion has finally eased after a fatal crash closed both northbound lanes of State Highway 1 near Tawa.
Motorists were warned to travel through the Hutt instead of SH1 as both northbound lanes were shut between Tawa and Porirua. It caused significant traffic buildup with queues all the way back to Ngauranga Gorge.
One person died in the two-car crash near Tawa. A police spokesperson said they were called around 3.20am.
Inquiries into the crash are continuing.