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Central Auckland motorway reopens

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 21/04/2017

Traffic is backed up heavily in the central motorway system © NZTA Traffic is backed up heavily in the central motorway system A police incident that closed part of Auckland's southern motorway and caused traffic chaos in the city has ended, and the motorway is now open again.

All lanes were shut earlier this afternoon as police dealt with a young woman on the bridge on Grafton Road, above the motorway.

Several lanes were reopened as police dealt with the situation Police pulled the woman to safety at about 5pm, and all lanes were now open again.

Traffic is expected to be heavy for some time.

Police said the young woman would now be seen by medical professionals for assessment.

"During this incident police have tried to ensure the movement of traffic continued and several lanes were reopened during this time as the situation allowed, however our priority was the safety of everyone and we thank motorists for their patience and understanding over the past few hours."

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