Commuters were trapped at Whangaparaoa north of Auckland for more than two hours this morning after a fatal accident shut the peninsula’s main road.
Motorists had been delayed following the 5.30am accident at Red Beach when police closed Whangaparaoa Rd while they investigated the two-car accident.
There were no diversions in place so nobody could leave or enter the area between Marellen Dr and Glenelg Rd until two city-bound lanes reopened at 8am. All lanes on the road re-opened shortly before 9am.
Police said a female had died and two people were taken to North Shore Hospital with serious injuries after the crash, and drivers faced significant delays as a result.
Auckland Transport earlier recommended motorists consider making alternative travel plans, such as taking the ferry.
“There’s a 200-seat ferry going at 8.45am which is a perfect option on a sunny day like today,” spokesman Mark Hannan said.
The Auckland police serious crash unit was investigating and next of kin were being advised.
A Whangaparaoa Rd resident who didn’t want to be named said a backlog of drivers had given up trying to drive to Auckland.
“People had turned around and gone back,” she said.
“I took my dogs for a walk on the beach just before 7am and when I came back 40 minutes later people were driving away.”
Another resident said the road was “notorious” and was problematic when there were crashes.
“There’s no [road] duplication so if anything happens it shuts the whole thing down,” he said.
“It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last. It’s a notorious problem.”
From his home he could see traffic was moving west but motorists trying to get toward the peninsula were at a stand-still.
Bernard Taylor said the crash happened right outside his driveway.
“I’ve just had a look and it’s very messy – a head on crash,” he said.