Christchurch South Motorway reopens after driver crashed into barrier


Heavy traffic on the Christchurch South Highway (State Highway 76) in Middleton just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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Heavy traffic on the Christchurch South Highway (State Highway 76) in Middleton just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

A major Christchurch highway that suffered delays of several hours after a driver crashed into a barrier has reopened.

Emergency services were called on the South Christchurch Freeway (State Highway 76) near the Curletts Rd off ramp in Middleton around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Debris from the crash had been strewn on the road, causing disruption to two-way traffic for several hours, a police spokeswoman said.

The road was completely cleared and reopened shortly after 3 p.m.

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“Motorists are thanked for their patience while emergency services are present,” she said.

New Zealand fire and emergency spokesman Andrew Norris said two crews from Spreydon and Christchurch Central were dispatched to the crash.

The first suggestions were that a driver had crashed into a barrier and no one was stuck.

A spokeswoman for St John later confirmed that no one was injured and that an ambulance team was demobilized shortly after arriving.

All the crews had left the scene at 1:00 p.m.

Emergency services also responded to a two-car crash on State Highway 1 in Harewood, reported at 11:15 a.m., Norris said.

The road has been reduced to one lane northbound between McLeans Island Rd and Sawyers Arms Rd, an NZTA spokesperson said.

All lanes had reopened just before 1:30 p.m., they said.


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