Traffic delays remain on the Pacific Motorway following a fatal accident earlier this morning at Cudgera Creek.
Both northbound lanes are now open to traffic after being closed for several hours with emergency services and the Crash Investigation Unit attending the scene.
A MOTORBIKE rider has died following a horrific accident involving five vehicles on the Pacific Motorway at Cudgera Creek.
The accident had resulted in the closure of the north-bound lanes of the Pacific Motorway, with lengthy delays expected to last until 11am.
Emergency services were called to the M1 Pacific Motorway at Cudgera Creek near the Cudgera Creek Road off ramp, 27km south of Tweed Heads about 8.33am (Friday 6 January 2017), following reports of a crash.
Police have been told that a white Ford Falcon station wagon and a motorcycle crashed on the motorway.
The rider of the motorcycle, a 61-year-old man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics. However, the man died at the scene.
The driver of the car, a woman was not injured and was conveyed to Tweed Hospital for mandatory testing.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and the Crash Investigation Unit attended and have commenced an investigation into the incident.
A crime scene was established and one north bound lane of the M1 Pacific Motorway is currently blocked with local diversions in place.
A brief will be prepared for the information of the coroner.
For further information about traffic conditions visit www.livetraffic.com
Police are appealing for anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident or any of the vehicles involved in the crash to contact Tweed/Byron Local Area Command on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE LATEST TRAFFIC UPDATE:
Impact: Impact Motorway closed in northbound direction.
Diversions: Light Vehicles: At Yelgun, use Tweed Valley Way to Murwillimbah, then continue to rejoin Pacific Motorway at Chinderah.
Attending: Crash Investigation Unit, Emergency service(s), Local council, RMS, Tow truck
Advice: Avoid the area
Allow extra travel time
Other Info: The northbound Cudgera Creek Rd off-ramp is also closed.
Northbound is closed for a helicopter to land.
Heavy vehicles are being parked at the site as the diversion is only suitable for light vehicles. The diversion is an additional 25 minutes travel time.