Manhunt underway after stolen car crash on M1

UPDATE @ 10.30 AM | POLICE are searching for the driver of a stolen four-wheel drive which crashed into an oncoming car, triggering extensive delays on the Pacific Motorway this morning.

The crash happened just before 3.00am, when a stolen white Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed into the southbound lanes of the M1 at Pimpama before colliding head-on with a station wagon.

The driver and passengers in the Jeep then fled the scene on foot.


The driver of the station wagon, a 60-year-old man, sustained serious leg injuries and was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Police say investigations have since revealed that the Jeep, with Queensland registration KLA51 was stolen from a home at Hope Island on November 25.

They’re appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or the Jeep Grand Cherokee prior to the crash to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

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EARLIER @ 6.00 AM | MOTORISTS are being urged to avoid travelling on the Pacific Motorway this morning following a serious crash.

The accident, involving two vehicles, happened southbound near Exit 49 at Pimpama around 3.00am.

The M1 is down to one lane southbound, with traffic at a complete standstill in both directions.

At the time of writing, delays were being experienced from Pimpama back to Ormeau and again from Pimpama all the way back to Oxenford.

Emergency crews remain on scene, with police urging motorists to avoid the M1 if possible or to take Rifle Range Road.