30 September 2016

Four car smash blocks Tuggeranong Parkway southbound

| Chris Mordd Richards
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Tuggeranong Parkway

A four-car accident on the Tuggeranong Parkway on the southbound lanes just before the Hindmarsh Drive turnoff is currently causing major delays for traffic. Traffic is backed up at least 5km.

It just took me 20 minutes to travel from the Cotter Road on-ramp to the Hindmarsh Drive exit. Traffic is crawling along at a snail’s pace currently.

One car was being removed by tow truck when I arrived on the scene, with two more cars off to the side of the road, and one vehicle still to be cleared, with the left lane closed by police just prior to the Hindmarsh Drive exit. I would expect traffic to continue to move slowly for up to another 30 minutes as police clear the remaining vehicle and keep the lane closed to allow access for tow trucks to remove the other vehicles involved.

The four vehicles were a hatchback, a sedan, a small 4WD towing a trailer, and a ute. All cars had medium impact to the front of the vehicles, although the cause of the crash was not obvious. No ambulances were on scene, if there were any major injures then the patients had already been removed prior to my arriving on the scene.

Hopefully the left lane will re-open just prior to the start of the 5pm peak and traffic should flow normally from then but motorists may want to think about taking alternate routes if travelling in the next half an hour or so. Was not possible to get a photo as traffic was moving when I got near the scene, albeit slowly, and the police directing traffic meant I was not able to stop and legally take a photo, nor break the law and take one while driving either.

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