UPDATE @ 7.00 AM | The M1 has reopened northbound following a serious crash involving up to six vehicles this morning.
Queensland Police confirmed a short time ago that the lanes are “slowly reopening”, however, they warned delays are still expected once traffic starts moving.
Just before 5.00am, a ute ploughed into a guard rail just after the Coomera River bridge, between Exits 57 and 54 at Upper Coomera, before causing several other cars to pile up nearby.
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Senior Operations Supervisor Adam Flory said it’s believed one of the drivers may have suffered a medical episode.
“It appears at this stage one of the occupants of the vehicle had a medical episode, leading to the initial accident,” he said.
Seven people were treated at the scene by paramedics, however, only one required transport to hospital.
The man, whose age is not known, was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition with head and neck pain.
An investigation into the crash is underway.
EARLIER @ 5.00 AM | QUEENSLAND Police have closed off the northbound lanes of the M1 this morning after a serious crash involving a number of vehicles.
The accident happened just after the Coomera River bridge, between Exits 57 and 54, in Upper Coomera just before 5.00am.
It’s believed a ute may have initially run into the guard rail before causing several other cars to pile up nearby.
At least one person has been treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
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Major delays are being experienced, with motorists being urged to avoid the M1 northbound or to allow extra travel time.
“Please be aware of traffic delays in the area ahead of the morning commute,” police said.
“Motorists are urged to avoid the area”.