Cars diverted off Pacific Motorway after man run over and killed by truck

UPDATE 3:20 PM | ONE northbound lane of the Pacific Motorway has been reopened at Tweed Heads, almost three hours after a man was hit and killed by a truck.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes of the M1 near Kirkwood Road around 12.25pm. The man in his 50s was reportedly trying to walk across the four lane highway after his car broke down when he was struck.

After closing both northbound lanes and diverting traffic off the M1 to allow forensic investigators to safely examine the scene, police reopened one of two lanes shortly after 3pm.


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EARLIER 2:45 PM | THE northbound lanes of the Pacific Motorway remain closed at Tweed Heads after a man was run over and killed by a truck while trying to walk across the four-lane road.

The man in his 50s was struck near the Kirkwood Road off-ramp around 12.25pm. Sadly, he died at the scene.

There are reports the man was trying to walk across the four-lane highway when he was hit by the truck.

According to witnesses, the man was trying to get to the off-ramp on the other side of the motorway after a car, believed to be his, broke down in the northbound lanes.

“I saw him walking towards the north in the emergency stopping lane,” one witness told Gold Coast Weather & News Together on Facebook.

“I seen the guy trying to cross seconds before it happened from the other side then seen everyone stopping suddenly, I knew something happened,” said another.

The truck driver was treated for shock at the scene before he was transported to hospital where police say he’ll be subjected to mandatory drug and alcohol testing protocol.

Both northbound lanes of the motorway remain closed as the Forensic Crash Unit examines the scene.

Significant traffic delays are being experienced, with northbound traffic backed up for at least four kilometres.

Cars are being diverted off the motorway and around the scene via Minjungbal Drive.

B-double trucks, however, can not take the diversion and are instead being instructed to park at nearby Chinderah and wait for the M1 to reopen.

Travellers making their way north to the Gold Coast Airport are urged to allow extra time for delays.

For the latest road conditions, motorists should check www.livetraffic.com

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