Motorway crash victims trapped

Two people had to be freed after a truck and car crashed on Auckland's northwestern motorway today trapping them against a barrier. 

The accident happened in the city-bound lane around 9.30am, about 300m before the Lincoln Rd off-ramp.

Police said the truck wedged the vehicle into the median barrier and two people suffered minor injuries.

Police advised motorists to avoid the area for the next few hours until the accident scene was cleared. 

At 11am, the fast lane on both sides was closed and traffic was slow.

Meanwhile, a woman is undergoing surgery today following a crash between a car and van in Otahuhu yesterday.

The woman was admitted to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition following the crash at 3pm on Portage Rd.

Another person was admitted with moderate injuries and two others suffered minor injuries.

Middlemore Hospital spokeswoman Lauren Young said the woman aged in her late 40s was undergoing surgery and was being supported by her family.

Young said she was in a stable condition. 

Last week marked the end of a record low holiday road toll with six deaths - down from 19 the previous year.

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