News from NZ Police at 4.40pm
Shortly after 4pm today there was a multi vehicle accident between Te Iriangi Drive and Otara onramp northbound. One person has died as a result of injuries.
Emergency services were despatched to remove others from their vehicles.
The northbound motorway system was closed from SH20 (Manukau offramp) to Otara off ramp. Vehicles can re-enter north from Otara.
There will be considerable congestion in and around these areas.
Motorists are advised to avoid these areas or face long delays.
Northbound traffic is best to use SH20 but this is likely to also become congested. We are already getting congestion complaints involving the southbound lanes of the motorway
Serious crash investigators are making their way to the scene.
UPDATE at 9.41pm
The Southern Motorway is now fully open