Children seriously injured in M1 pile-up

UPDATE at 5:55 PM | EXTENSIVE delays are still being experienced on the Pacific Motorway following an earlier serious crash north of the Gold Coast.

Motorists driving to Brisbane from the Coast are facing lengthy delays after a truck and several cars collided in the northbound lanes at Tanah Merah about 3.30pm.

At the time of writing, northbound traffic was still backed up for 16km, with the motorway extremely slow moving between Ormeau and Slacks Creek.


Drivers travelling back to the Coast from the Capital are not immune from the delays either, with southbound lanes also heavily congested between Slacks Creek and Upper Mount Gravatt.

Police are urging motorists to avoid the area if they can.

UPDATE at 4:55 PM | NORTHBOUND lanes of the Pacific Motorway have been closed just north of the Gold Coast following a horrific crash involving a truck and at least four cars.

The vehicles came to grief in the northbound lanes of the M1 at Tanah Merah, about one kilometre north of the Paradise Road off-ramp, just after 3.30pm.

Five people were injured, including two small children. They have since been rushed by ambulance to the Queensland Children’s Hospital in serious but stable conditions.

Two adults have been taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, while a third has been taken to Logan.

All three have non-life-threatening injuries and are in a stable condition.

It’s understood at least three people were initially trapped in the wreckage.

The patients’ genders and ages were not immediately known.

Extensive delays are being experienced, with northbound traffic backed up for at least 14km.

The usual seven-minute drive from Yatala to Tanah Merah is taking motorists an hour to complete.

A Queensland Police spokesperson said the crash closed three northbound lanes.

Southbound lanes are also heavily congested in the area.

Motorists are being urged to avoid the area if they can.

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