THREE people, including a young child, have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash which has ground traffic to a halt on the M1 at Burleigh Heads.
Three cars came to grief in the southbound lanes just after the Bermuda Street on-ramp around 10.30am.
The prang has brought traffic to a complete stop, with extreme delays being experienced in both directions.
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A fleet of ambulances were dispatched to treat a man, a woman, and a seven-year-old boy at the scene.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC the seven-year-old boy suffered minor seatbelt abrasions and was complaining of abdominal pain.
He’s being transported by ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
The man, 49, and the woman whose age is not known suffered minor injuries and were complaining of chest pain.
They too are expected to be transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.
It is not known whether trio was travelling in the same car or separate vehicles at the time of the crash.
At 11.30am, southbound traffic was still backed up for at least nine kilometres.
Motorists heading north through the area are also experiencing heavy delays, with bumper to bumper conditions stretching for at least 7.5 kilometres in that direction.
Services roads running alongside the M1 are also becoming jammed, including Reedy Creek Rd, Stapley and Scottsdale Drives, and Robina Parkway (Exit 82), as motorists scramble to get off the motorway.
Motorists trying to get onto the M1 using the Bermuda Street on-ramp are also not going anywhere fast.
Drivers are being warned to steer clear of the area, delay their travel or seek an alternate route if possible.