A serious head-on crash on the Sydney Harbour Bridge has left a woman dead and caused traffic chaos on Thursday morning.
NSW Ambulance told Yahoo News Australia one person has died while four others have been injured, two of them critically.
Police said the woman died after her Mitsubishi Mirage, which was travelling north, collided with a BMW driving in the opposite direction.
The woman died at the scene while her two passengers, both believed to be men aged in their 30s, were treated for head injuries. They were both rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where one remains in a serious condition.
Police attempted to free the driver of the BMW, a woman believed to be in her 40s, for about two hours after she became trapped in the crash which occurred just before 7.15am.
She was trapped with severe leg injuries while her passenger escaped with minor injuries.
Nine News reports she was rescued from the wreckage just before 9.30am.
It is understood the rescue operation took place on the northbound, south side of the bridge.
NSW Ambulance Chief Superintendent Cameron Edgar told reporters the cars were spread across multiple lanes.
“The lady who was trapped in the vehicle for a significant period of time was conscious throughout. She was obviously concerned and in pain, but she was – all things being given – she was in reasonably good spirits and was able to talk to the paramedics and the doctor throughout her treatment.
“No one wants to attend a scene like this, it’s a horrific scene that affects all the people involved, including the emergency services.
“We would ask that people be as safe as they can on the road and look out for each other.”
All lanes northbound and southbound have been closed, with drivers urged to take the Harbour Tunnel.
SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE: Avoid any non essential travel or consider working from home due to a serious crash on the bridge closing both directions. There is no forecast of when all northbound and southbound lanes will reopen. https://t.co/zTH4vSr31Q pic.twitter.com/dsHzAMA4FU— Live Traffic Sydney (@LiveTrafficSyd) August 26, 2020
There is no indication as to when any of the lanes will reopen.
Police are investigating the circumstances around the crash while commuters are urged to avoid any non-essential travel.
For more information on road closures visit livetraffic.com.
Anybody with information in relation to the incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.
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