Crash and breakdown in Auckland’s Waterview Tunnel causing delays

Emergency services are responding to a crash near Auckland’s Waterview Tunnel, after an earlier breakdown caused delays.

The crash is just before the Maioro St off-ramp on State Highway 20, Southwestern Motorway, heading towards the city.

An alert was issued at 7.25am via the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Twitter page.

“A crash is blocking the left lane, northbound, prior to Maioro St off-ramp. Pass with care (and) expect delays.”

Traffic cameras show at least one vehicle on the left side of the road and a number of people standing nearby.

By 7.30am, road authorities said two northbound lanes in the tunnel are temporarily blocked as medical assistance and vehicle recovery services arrive at the scene.

A short time later, authorities said the breakdown had been cleared, but that a subsequent crash was blocking the left lane – inside the tunnel – again.

“Expect continuing delays,” they said.

Earlier, just after 6.30am, NZTA alerted motorists using the northbound tunnel to merge right with care and to expect delays, due to a breakdown blocking the left lane.

Rain is also affecting driving conditions early on in Auckland.

Motorists are being alerted – via overhead motorway signs – of surface flooding on parts of the motorway network.

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