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The detour at the scene after a multi-vehicle crash forces authorities to close a large section of the southbound M1 Pacific Motorway

The detour at the scene after a multi-vehicle crash forces authorities to close a large section of the southbound M1 Pacific Motorway

The detour at the scene after a multi-vehicle crash forces authorities to close a large section of the southbound M1 Pacific Motorway

Calamity struck Sydneysiders on Friday after a multi-vehicle crash on the southbound M1 Pacific Highway closed large sections of the road to motorists.

The accident initially closed two of the three southbound lanes, and traffic was backed up for about six kilometres as emergency services rushed to the scene.

Authorities gradually opened lanes throughout the day as the accident was cleared.

Angry Australians took to Facebook to express their frustration at the traffic jams and huge delays that had ruined their day.

“The worst stretch of road for accidents every day!!” wrote one outraged commuter.

Another added: “There has to be an alternative route. I just drove past all the people stuck in that traffic jam, they have no way of avoiding it.”

One of them joked: “Wow, a backflow that had already been paid for would have been nice. A normal one-hour commute took 3.5! Think of all that CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere…”

The traffic jam had a domino effect for many travellers: one commenter said his sister almost missed a flight.

“My sister had just boarded her flight; they had to run to the closed gate,” she wrote.

“There is always some major accident at rush hour heading to Sydney. The trains are too slow. Don’t risk using this highway to the airport. Stay overnight in an airport hotel.”

One commenter claimed that the driver who allegedly caused the incident was speeding recklessly and almost collided head-on with a friend of hers.

“It was a car traveling at high speed northbound on the southbound side. I almost collided head-on with one of my friends,” he wrote.

Another blamed “driving too close to another vehicle at 110km/h” and “impatient drivers”, while another pointed to “too much distraction”.

“People should learn to drive,” wrote another.

All southbound lanes are now open, however, officials have urged travelers to allow for additional travel time as heavy traffic remains.

According to Live Traffic NSW, the incident began shortly after 4am on Friday.

“Southbound traffic is being diverted at the Pacific Highway off-ramp onto the Old Pacific Highway and can rejoin the M1 at the Windybanks interchange,” Live Traffic wrote earlier on Friday.

“Please be careful, follow the instructions of emergency services and allow extra time for travel.”

One motorist said he managed to get around the accident by using the detour.

“I managed to get there about 40 minutes ago. Traffic was very slow,” he wrote on Facebook.

One man was taken to hospital in critical condition after the crash while another suffered minor injuries, The Daily Telegraph reported.