Bad week for Hutt commuters

23:17, Mar 26 2014

Two separate incidents caused headaches for Hutt Valley commuters on State Highway 2 into Wellington this morning.

Shortly after 6am NZTA said a gravel spill was reported in the southbound left and centre lanes of the highway, just south of the Petone off ramp.

It soon spread to all southbound lanes and NZTA warned drivers to take ''extreme caution''.

Shortly after 9am, there was a crash blocking the southbound fast lane of the highway at the intersection with Fairway Dr.

Delays were expected but one lane remained open.

Both incidents have since been cleared.It is the latest in a bad week for Hutt Valley commuters.

On Monday morning a car fire on State Highway 2, near Horokiwi, closed a southbound lane and caused traffic to back up to Melling.

That had just been cleared when there was a five-car nose-to-tail crash on the same stretch of road.

Earlier that day a cyclist was knocked over near the Petone onramp.

Then on Tuesday, a minor incident caused traffic to back up all the way from Kaiwharawhara to Melling by 7.15am.There were no reported serious injuries in any of the crashes.

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