Sydney traffic: Crash closes M5 westbound during evening peak

The scene of the crash on the M5. Photo: Twitter: livetrafficAll westbound lanes of the M5 East are closed, causing traffic to queue back to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, after a crash at Kingsgrove on Wednesday afternoon.

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The crash – involving a car, a truck and a motorbike – unfolded just after 4.30pm.

Traffic remained queued for more than 12 kilometres at 6.20pm.

One eastbound lane has also been closed near King Georges Road, with traffic backed up in that direction for more than 7 kilometres.

Photos of the crash showed one truck significantly damaged, with its front left wheel bent and folded underneath the cab and a car battery sitting nearby.

The motorway is closed at General Holmes Drive, with all westbound traffic being detoured.

The Transport Management Centre said those travelling west can follow the signposted D5 diversion route of General Holmes Drive, Bestic Street, West Botany Street, Forest Road, Stoney Creek Road and King Georges Road then rejoin the M5.

Buses in the area have been delayed by at least 45 minutes, with drivers warned to expect “significant” delays from the heavy traffic.

Emergency services, traffic crews and tow trucks are at the scene.

The Transport Management Centre said all vehicles involved in the crash have been cleared, with crews now inspecting the road surface and the motorway’s concrete barriers.

Buses are also delayed in the Arncliffe area by up to 25 minutes.

A photo posted by Seven News showed a truck on the motorway, with its front tyre completely off.

More to come.

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