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Two killed, two injured in crash on motorway

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Two people have died in a two-car collision on the Wellington Urban Motorway. The crash, at 4.20am, was on the flyover between the Molesworth Street on-ramp and the Aotea Quay on-ramp.

The two people were travelling in the same vehicle and died at the scene. They were 76-year-old Lisale Foaese and 41-year-old George Foaese, both of Wellington.

Their vehicle was travelling southbound in a northbound lane when the collision occurred. Their vehicle had entered the motorway by turning right into a northbound lane from Cornish Street, Petone.

The two people in the second vehicle, which was travelling northbound, were seriously injured and are in Wellington Hospital.

There was congestion for peak-hour morning traffic throughout the city when northbound lanes on the motorway were closed between the Molesworth Street on-ramp and the Aotea Quay on-ramp. Diversions were in place for northbound traffic at the Tinakori Road off-ramp and access to the motorway was closed at Molesworth Street and Tinakori Road.

The Arras Tunnel and the Terrace Tunnel were also closed.

The northbound lanes on the motorway were reopened at 7.45, with speed restrictions. A southbound lane that had been closed was also reopened.

At 8.30, long delays continued for southbound traffic, with the NZTA reporting queues stretching back to Petone and up the Ngauranga Gorge. At 9am, NZTA said southbound delays had eased and traffic was back to normal.

Police would like to speak to anyone with information about the crash. Contact Police via 105 and quote event number P045189509.

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