UPDATE @ 12.25pm: Two police officers and a truck driver have been rushed to hospital after a highway patrol car was side-swiped on the Pacific Motorway at Helensvale.
The police car was reportedly parked on the side of the highway, just before the Smith Street turn off, when it was struck just after 11.30am.
The officer who was driving the car had to be cut out of the tangled wreckage by emergency crews. He has been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with suspected pelvic and internal injuries.
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It’s believed his partner wasn’t seriously injured but has also been taken to hospital for medical checks, along with the truck driver.
— Bianca Stone (@Bianca_Stone) July 11, 2016
Southbound traffic is gridlocked with cars backed up for several kilometres.
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Motorists are being advised to avoid the area wherever possible.
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EARLIER @ 11:50am: A highway patrol car has been crushed after being side-swiped by a truck on the Pacific Motorway – but miraculously no one has been seriously injured.
The accident occurred southbound at Helensvale, just before the Smith Street turn off around 11.35am.
Police have told myGC that emergency crews are currently at the scene cutting the highway patrol car open to free the male driver who has been trapped in the twisted wreckage, but has escaped any serious injury.
His partner also escaped injury and managed to get himself out of the crushed vehicle.
Partial lane closures are in place with major delays being experienced.
Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.
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