UPDATE @ 11.50 AM | The Pacific Motorway has finally been reopened at Tugun following an earlier truck crash.
The trailer of a b-double detached from the vehicle before rolling in the southbound lanes, just after Exit 95, around 7.00am this morning.
The accident forced all southbound lanes of the M1 at Tugun to close for almost five hours whilst crews cleaned up the area, with motorists diverted onto Stewart Road.
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads confirmed the busy stretch reopened just before 12.00pm.
“The truck and trailer have been cleared on the M1 and all lanes are now open. Thank you for your patience” they wrote.
Thankfully the driver of the truck managed to escape uninjured.
Long delays are still being experienced on the Pacific Motorway and surrounding local roads, with motorists urged to allow for extra travel time.
As a result of a incident, Translink has also confirmed that routes 700, 760, 765 and 777 buses travelling southbound are delayed over 50 minutes due to heavy traffic congestion.
EARLIER @ 7.00 AM | Motorists travelling southbound on the Pacific Motorway this morning are being warned to expect lengthy delays following a serious truck crash.
The accident happened just after Exit 95, before the Tugun Tunnel, around 7.00am.
Witnesses have told myGC that the trailer of a b-double has rolled in the southbound lanes.
Queensland Police have confirmed all southbound lanes in the area have been closed.
Motorists are being urged to seek alternative routes with drivers being forced to take the Stewart Road Exit onto the Gold Coast Highway.
The truck driver was assessed at the scene by paramedics, however he managed to escape uninjured.
Traffic is already banked up all the way back to Palm Beach.
The Pacific Motorway M1 southbound is currently closed at Tugun due to a truck trailer rollover.
Diversions are in place, and our teams are hard at work cleaning up, before inspecting for damage.
— Transport and Main Roads Queensland (@TMRQld) January 24, 2020