Truck crash halts Pacific Motorway on the Gold Coast

UPDATE AT 3:00 PM | TRAFFIC is finally moving freely on the M1 at Nerang following an earlier truck crash.

The crash happened near Exit 69 shortly before midday and turned the 110km/h motorway into a car park.

During the height of the delays, the motorway was gridlocked for more than 20 kilometres.


Elsewhere, it’s slow moving on the motorway in both directions on the southern end of the Coast.

Southbound traffic is also at a crawl from Pimpama down to Dreamworld at Coomera.

EARLIER AT 12:45 PM | THE Pacific Motorway is now gridlocked for more than 20 kilometres following an earlier truck crash on the Gold Coast.

The accident happened in the southbound lanes of the M1 near Exit 69 at Nerang around 11.45am.

It’s understood a truck carrying an excavator collided with a vehicle before flipping over a guardrail.

The excavator broke loose on impact and was thrown out of the truck’s tray and onto the motorway.

Emergency services are on the scene, attempting to clear the wreckage and reopen all four southbound lanes.

(Supplied/Queensland Ambulance)

Thankfully, Queensland Ambulance told myGC the occupants managed to walk away with only minor injuries.

One person has been transported by ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Traffic has been brought to a complete stop, with cars backed up for at least 20 kilometres at 12.45pm.

It’s a nightmare run for southbound motorists, with the motorway gridlocked between Nerang and Pimpama.

It’s also a slow moving for drivers heading north past the crash scene.