Sydney Harbour Bridge briefly closed after crash killed one woman

27 August 2020

Written by: Achol Arok

A helicopter ambulance transported injured passengers to avoid traffic chaos.

The Sydney Habour Bridge was briefly shut after a serious crash just before 7:15am left one woman dead and at least two more injured.

The woman died on the scene and her two passengers were treated for head injuries after colliding at the Millers Point entrance to the bridge. The second driver was trapped in her BMW before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for leg injuries.

The bridge has since reopened after it was shut for three hours during the morning peak. The crash caused traffic chaos that left cars backed up in all directions.

Inspector Lucky Phrachanh from NSW Ambulance said the crash was a “horrific” scene as emergency services worked through kilometres of widespread wreckage.

“Paramedics and emergency services never want to attend these types of accidents,” he said.

The bridge was closed from both sides causing significant delays for commuters. Authorities urge people to work from home today as heavy delays are expected to continue right through the morning.

Melissa Cornejo from NSW’s Transport Management Centre said it would be impossible to predict when the bridge would reopen.

“The advice at this stage is to avoid travel altogether,” she said.

 


Photo: The Sydney Harbour Bridge by Bernard Spragg available HERE  and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.