Wet weather has played havoc with city traffic today, with at least 10 crashes on the region's motorways.
Two crashes in quick succession brought the motorway out of Wellington to a crawl, about 4pm, when two cars came together on the northbound motorway, just before the on-ramp for Ngauranga turn-off.
Inspector Marty Parker, of central communications, said two more cars then collided as they slowed behind the first crash.
"Northbound, two cars [collided] just north of the Aotea on-ramp.
"One [of the cars] has been spun around and it's facing the wrong way."
He said the second crash was a nose-to-tail and occurred in the queue behind the first crash.
No injuries were reported, though a lane was closed and there were delays.
About 5.30pm there was a 3-car crash on the motorway just north of Petone.
A witness said a car heading into Wellington from Lower Hutt came together with a car coming down the Petone on ramp.
Mr Parker said there were about 10 crashes throughout the region.
He reminded motorists to drive to the conditions.
"There's been a few around the place. It's weather related.
"If everyone drove to the conditions it wouldn't happen."
- The Dominion Post
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