Multi-car crash brings Wellington motorway down to one lane

The crash is blocking two southbound lanes.
The crash is blocking two southbound lanes. Photo credit: NZTA

A multi-vehicle crash has blocked two southbound lanes on Wellington's SH1 urban motorway, with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) warning of "significant delays" during rush-hour traffic.

Multiple vehicles collided at around 5:15pm on Thursday, roughly 500m north of the southbound Aotea Quay off-ramp.

"Emergency services are attending a multi-car crash that has brought the motorway down to one lane," a police spokesperson said.

"Motorists are asked to drive with care and expect potential delays."

One person sustained serious injuries in the collision, police said.

In a tweet, NZTA warned motorists to "pass the scene with care".

"Expect significant delays throughout the area."

In an update shortly before 7pm, police confirmed the lanes have reopened.