Motorist critical after 12-vehicle crash blocks Aucklands Northwestern Motorway

A 12-vehicle pile up that is blocking eastbound lanes on Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway tonight has left a motorist with critical injuries and en route to hospital.

A Waka Kotahi spokesperson says the crash before the Rosebank Rd on-ramp is blocking the centre lanes.

A full motorway closure for city-bound traffic would be in place shortly.

Currently there was one lane of traffic going past the crash, but that would be shut off shortly.

A detour is in place with vehicles told to exit at the Patiki Rd off-ramp, turn left onto Rosebank Rd and rejoin the motorway.

The motorway is expected to be closed for a couple of hours.

The spokesperson said traffic appeared to be moderate at the moment and there was less traffic due to school holidays.

“Emergency services are onsite, please slow down through the area.:

“Expect delays and pass the scene with care.”

A witness said a male was cut from a vehicle by the fire service.

About three or four vehicles stopped to help the driver, he said.

The driver had a neck brace on.

The motorway was “absolutely gridlocked” but the fast lane was open and traffic was moving slowly past the scene, he said.

A St John ambulance spokeswoman confirmed one person was in a critical condition and was being transported to Auckland City Hospital.

A person with minor injuries was assessed at the scene but no hospital treatment was required. A St John rapid response unit was on the scene.

It is understood the critically ill patient has now been cut from the wreckage by firefighters.

A police spokesperson said officers were responding to reports of a vehicle collision on the Northwestern Motorway at 6.15pm. The police serious crash unit was attending.

“There appears to be multiple vehicles involved.”

More soon.

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