Police name Auckland fatal crash victim
A 23-year-old woman killed in an Auckland car crash today has been named as Coral Jobsis.
She was the sole occupant of one of two cars involved in a head-on collision in Whangaparaoa Rd about 5.30am.
Inspector Mark Fergus said a 26-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman who were the occupants of the other car had been taken to Auckland Hospital in serious conditions.
He said the collision resulted in both cars and debris being spread across four lanes.
The location of the crash meant there was no way for traffic to be diverted, and there were extensive traffic delays as a result, he said.
Three investigators from the Waitemata police serious-crash unit were sent to the scene to help clear it.
Fuel from the ruptured tank of one of the cars was spilt across a large part of the road and had to be cleaned up by the Fire Service to ensure the road was safe to reopen.
The dead woman's family were being supported by Victim Support and police.
"Our thoughts are with the Jobsis family, who have received the worst news possible this morning, and their welfare is our priority," Fergus said.
Auckland Transport earlier recommended motorists consider making alternative travel plans, such as taking a ferry.
"There's a 200-seat ferry going at 8.45am, which is a perfect option on a sunny day like today," AT spokesman Mark Hannan said.
A Whangaparaoa Rd resident, who did not want to be named, said a backlog of drivers had given up trying to drive to Auckland.
"People had turned around and gone back," she said.
"I took my dogs for a walk on the beach just before 7am and when I came back 40 minutes later people were driving away, saying it's going to be another two hours."
Another resident said the road was "notorious".
"There's no [road] duplication, so if anything happens it shuts the whole thing down," he said.
"It's not the first time and it won't be the last. It's a notorious problem."
From his home he could see traffic was moving westbound, but motorists trying to get to the peninsula were still at a standstill., he said.
Bernard Taylor said the crash happened outside his driveway.
"I've just had a look and it's very messy - a head-on crash," he said.