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Morning Express: Thursday, June 5

Sydney Harbour Tunnel crash

A car crash in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel has caused major traffic delays.

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Police from the Harbourside local area command say the crash occurred when a driver who was not feeling well attempted to merge into the tunnel's left break-down lane.

"Unfortunately it would appear he misjudged and entered towards the end of the break-down lane and drove up a safety wall which flipped the car onto its roof," police said.

A doctor who was in a car behind stopped and treated the man until paramedics arrived. The man was taken to hospital with a minor neck injury.

Police said there was a large amount of oil on the road, and some minor damage to the tunnel's wall needed to be repaired.

 

We're expecting an update shortly from NSW Police about the circumstances of this morning's crash.

What we know so far is that a vehicle crashed and flipped in the south-bound lanes of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel at 7.30am.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle, and was taken to St Vincent's Hospital with a minor neck injury.

 

 

Commuters caught up in this morning's traffic chaos can use their bus tickets on trains.

 

Nearly an hour after the Sydney Harbour Tunnel re-opened following this morning's crash, significant delays were still being experienced on surrounding roads.

At 10am, traffic was banked up about five kilometres to Willoughby Road, a Transport Management Centre spokeswoman said.

It could take another hour to clear completely.

 

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Do we detect a bit of sarcasm here?

This is the view motorists were met with north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning:

 

Just when things couldn't get any worse. 

One of two southbound lanes is closed at Millers Point on the Cahill Expressway

Waringah Road
Waringah Road 

From the traffic camera: delays on Warringah Road at Forestville

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South-bound access to the Harbour Tunnel has been opened in the past minute, the Transport Management Centre says.

Queues have been going back 10 kilometres to Lane Cove since a car overturned 200 metres from the tunnel's southern exit at 7.30am this morning and damaged a wall. 

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The driver of the car that overturned in the Harbour Tunnel has been taken to St Vincent's Hospital. He or she suffered only a minor neck injury and got out of the car unassisted.

The Harbour Tunnel remains closed as emergency crews clean up the scene of a crash this morning after a car overturned about 7.30am. 

Cars stuck behind the crash, about 200 metres from the southern exit, have been allowed to leave and clear the tunnel. But traffic remains banked up for up to nine kilometres outside. Delays reportedly stretch all the way out to the Lane Cove Tunnel and Seaforth.

Authorities said the crash has apparently damaged the wall of the tunnel. 

Fire and Rescue NSW tell me the car that overturned onto its roof and caused so much traffic chaos in Sydney this morning has now been towed.

It was loaded onto a truck about five minutes ago, a spokesman said, or nearly exactly an hour after it overturned about 200 metres from the mouth of the tunnel on its southern exit. 

Buses travelling toward the Harbour Bridge are delayed significantly. Some are taking the Pacific Highway instead of the Gore Hill freeway.

People in affected areas may use their tickets on trains and ferries instead. 

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