SH1 SOUTHERN MWY, NORTHBOUND – UPDATE 12.15PM The Southern Mwy remains congested from Drury to Papakura. Allow extra time as this eases. —–UPDATE 11:15AMAll lanes north have now been fully cleared and are OPEN again. The Southern Mwy is congested from Drury to Papakura. Delay your journey or allow extra time as this eases. ——UPDATE 11:05AMBoth lanes north have now been temporarily blocked to enable vehicle recovery. Please be patient, both lanes are expected to reopen very shortly.——CRASH – 10:40AM, WED 11 JULA crash is blocking the right lane citybound at the Papakura interchange, prior to both northbound on-ramps from Beach Rd. Please merge left with extra care to pass the scene and expect delays. Consider using Gt South Rd from Drury as alternative route. Southbound traffic should also expect delays with some rubbernecking likely. ^TP
Posted by NZ Transport Agency – Auckland & Northland on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Stolen vehicle causes crash on Motorway
At approximately 10:08 am this morning, Wednesday 11 July 2018, police in Pukekohe attempted to stop a stolen vehicle. Failing to stop the vehicle, a pursuit was initiated but abandoned minutes later due to the manner of driving. After Police had stopped following the vehicle, the offending driver entered the Southern Motorway at Drury and began driving south bound in the north bound fast lane at speeds in excess of 100km/h. The Police helicopter monitored the vehicle from a distance so they couldn’t be seen by the offending driver.
The vehicle then exited the motorway at Ramarama before getting back onto the motorway heading north bound, this time on the right side of motorway. The driver then realised there was heavy traffic and did a U-turn, crashing into a Police Delta Unit which was trying to locate the vehicle. It then turned back the correct way and shortly after this crashed into a truck near the Papakura off-ramp. A member of the public assisted our Delta officer in apprehending the driver and two passengers of the vehicle. The entire incident lasted approximately 28 minutes.
An eye witness said that they got onto the motorway at Bombay and saw the car heading south on the northern side of the road, heading towards them. They said they were going to call the police but had just passed two police cars which were parked. The eyewitness said by the time they got to Papakura they were on the outside lane. “My husband, who was driving, heard the sirens and looked in the rear view mirror and saw the same car coming down the outside lane (where there wasn’t a lane) between us and the central reservation chased by police. The car was already damaged at this stage. My husband saw it crash into the truck infront. We were behind the transporter truck and by the time we got around it the police already had what I saw was two guys, unsure if there was more face down and handcuffed on the ground!”
An 18 year old female, 15 year old male and 12 year old female are all in Police custody and assisting Police with enquiries. Counties Manukau South Area Commander Dave Glossop said “this was an absolutely terrifying incident for all motorists who will have witnessed this vehicle and we are absolutely amazed that no person has been injured. It is through sheer luck that I can say that there are no injuries following this incident. We have said this multiple times, but this type of behaviour has to stop as it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. We are now limited in what we can say as this matter will be going before the courts but we want to express our deep concern by this type of offending. Hundreds of members of the public going about their daily business were put in immense danger and it is simply unacceptable.”
Anyone whose vehicles may have been hit by this vehicle please contact Sergeant Nick Ewen on 09 261 1300.