UPDATE @ 4.40PM | Lengthy delays are continuing on the M1 as motorists hit the road for the long weekend.
The motorway has been badly impacted by a series of multi-vehicle crashes this afternoon.
Accidents at Coomera and Pimpama already had traffic stretched back to Ormeau.
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There is a new multi-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes at Helensvale near Exit 60.
Traffic is now queued back as far as Yatala with delays of around 40 minutes for southbound motorists.
EARLIER @ 3.30PM | Motorists hitting the road for the Easter long weekend are being warned to brace for significant delays.
While traffic volumes don’t appear to be as bad as expected, two accidents are causing dramas on the M1.
Several cars collided in the southbound lanes at Coomera near Exit 54 around 3pm.
As traffic built up behind that crash, there was another multi-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes, this time at Pimpama near Exit 49.
Delays now stretch from Coomera back to Yatala.
There is also heavy southbound traffic on the M1 between Robina and Palm Beach.
It comes as Police warn they will be out in force this afternoon and right across the long weekend.
“We know this is a peak time for our road network, where Queenslanders will be out and about spending time with family and friends,” Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus said.
“Already this year there are 74 people who won’t have that opportunity.”