Serious crash closes State Highway 3 at Awakino Tunnel

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
News,
Publish Date
Monday, 22 April 2019, 1:52PM
People are being asked to avoid Awakino tunnel - NZTA says the road is likely to remain closed for most of the day. Photo / Dean Purcell.
People are being asked to avoid Awakino tunnel - NZTA says the road is likely to remain closed for most of the day. Photo / Dean Purcell.

State Highway 3 has been closed at the Awakino Tunnel due to a serious crash.

The major route connects Taranaki and Waitomo.

People are being asked to avoid the area - NZTA says the road is likely to remain closed for most of the day.

A motorist told the Herald cars were still heading into the Gorge, unaware of the crash and closure.

"Traffic is backed up at least 500m, as people try to find a spot to turn around. Emergency services at the scene said not to bother waiting at the cordon, as it will be closed for hours. The nearest place is the Awakino Hotel, which is now full of families and holiday travelers, figuring out how they will get home now."

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