A SERIES of multi-vehicle crashes have ground the southbound lanes of the M1 to a halt on the northern Gold Coast.
Three separate accidents have occurred between Yatala and Pimpama, reducing traffic to a crawl.
The accidents occurred around midday, all within a few kilometres of each other. See map below.
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At 1.25pm, traffic was still backed up for a little over 10 kilometres.
Service roads running alongside the M1 are also becoming jammed as motorists scramble to avoid the delays.
It remains unclear how many people, if any, have been injured.
Motorists are urged to delay their journey south or seek an alternate route.
Saturday’s string of crashes come a day after a tanker loaded with 15,000 litres of Hydrochloric Acid exploded into a ferocious fireball on the M1 near the Logan Hyperdome.
Southbound lanes were closed for more than eight hours while emergency crews extinguished the inferno and decanted the acid from the charred tanker before they could clear the wreckage and reopen the lanes.