Massive crash closes lanes on busy M1 motorway as a car crosses the road and rams into ‘multiple’ vehicles sending seven people to hospital
- Multi-vehicle crash on busy M1 motorway send seven people to hospital
- Hour-long delays for motorists as southbound lanes closed to the Gold Coast
- A car crossed the media strip and hit multiple other vehicles head-on
A massive crash on one of Australia’s busiest motorways has sent seven people to hospital after a car crossed a median strip and hit multiple vehicles head-on.
All southbound lanes between Brisbane and the Gold Coast are closed after a car crossed the median strip and crashed into a number of other cars near exit 54 at Coomera on the northern end of the Gold Coast.
A woman in her 50s was initially trapped in her vehicle but was freed and transported to hospital in a stable condition.
Two other people are in a serious condition, two are serious but stable and two more are in a stable condition.
Long queues have formed for traffic heading north.
Queensland police have advised motorists should expect delays of more than hour in getting past the scene of the accident.
The accident occurred around 5.40am on Friday morning.
A serious accident at Coomera on the M1 Motorway (pictured) has sent seven people to hospital and caused hour-long delays for motorists on Friday morning
Two people are in a serious condition, two are serious but stable and three are stable patients as a result of the accident
Motorists headed south from Brisbane to Gold Coast are advised to take Yawalpah Rd in Pimpama to avoid the accident scene
Motorists headed south are advised to take Yawalpah Rd in Pimpama to avoid the accident scene.
Queensland Ambulance confirmed seven patients had been transported to Gold Coast University Hospital after the multi-vehicle crash.
‘There was extensive force and damage to all vehicles,’ Sam Thwaites from the Queensland Ambulance Service told reporters.
‘These patients are all very fortunate to get away with the injuries that they have … it could have been a lot more severe.’
Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman told 4BC radio the crash was caused by a vehicle traveling northbound.
‘We had a vehicle traveling northbound on the M1 that’s unfortunately crossed over the median and collided with four vehicles.
‘As a result, we’ve got five vehicles that have completely closed the M1 southbound.’
‘We had a vehicle traveling northbound on the M1 that’s unfortunately crossed over the median and collided with four vehicles,’ Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said of the accident on one of Australia’s busiest motorways (pictured)
A second accident at Ormeau occurred on the M1 around 7am, just north of the multi-vehicle accident.
Two men were injured in the accident after a motorcycle crash near exit 41 heading south on the motorway.
One man was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition, while a second man was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.