Travellers are being urged to avoid the M1 on the NSW Central Coast after a semi-trailer crashed into parked vehicles before bursting into flames, triggering traffic chaos and injuring two road workers.
Emergency services were called to the M1, at Kangy Angy, just before 4am Tuesday.
Both workers suffered serious injuries and were rushed to hospital. One man is in a serious condition and the other is stable.
ALISON: The M1 Pacific Mwy is closed southbound near the Alison Rd overpass due to a 2 truck crash. Light vehicles can use Sparks Rd, Hue Hue Rd, Yarramalong Rd, and Old Maitland Rd. Exercise caution and allow extra travel time.
— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) May 31, 2021
Police said the semi-trailer caught fire but the driver was able to escape unharmed. He was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
Southbound lanes on the M1 remain closed at the Alison Road overpass.
Two out of three northbound lanes are also closed.
Transport for NSW said motorists travelling south will be diverted at the Sparks Road off-ramp.
Light vehicles can use Hue Hue, Yarramalong and Old Maitland roads to rejoin the motorway at Tuggerah.
Heavy vehicles should use Pacific Highway and Wyong Road instead, the department said.
“Motorists are also advised to allow plenty of extra travel time and follow directions of traffic crews and emergency services in the area,” according to Live Traffic NSW.
Some drivers trying to travel to Sydney from Newcastle have been forced to turnaround.
More to come