Wellington Scoop

Crash stops SH1 traffic at Te Horo

A crash on State Highway One stopped all traffic near Te Horo this morning.

At 10.20 the NZTA said the crash had blocked the northbound lane near Te Hapua Road, and detours were in place.

Half an hour later, the Agency said a helicopter had arrived and traffic was being held up in both directions.

It predicted significant delays.

At 11.20, northbound traffic was detouring via Te Hapua Rd but southbound traffic was being held at the intersection. Southbound delays were worsening and the NZTA suggested drivers should delay their journeys.

The DomPost reported that one person from the single-vehicle crash had been flown to Wellington Hospital, in a critical condition.

The crash was cleared by 12.30, but congestion continued – northbound queues were south of the Peka Peka overbridge and southbound traffic was congested between Ōtaki and Peka Peka.

Then, at 1.30, the NZTA reported:

A second crash is partially blocking the northbound lane south of Te Hapua Rd. Traffic is still moving in both directions but expect significant delays as northbound queues remain south of the Peka Peka overbridge, and southbound traffic remains congested between Ōtaki & Peka Peka.

The second crash was cleared an hour later. But congestion continued in both directions.

Delays on SH1 (a slip) and SH2 (a crash.)