The petrol tanker that crashed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The petrol tanker that crashed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. drive.com.au

Sydney's long road home

ALL lanes have been reopened on the Sydney Harbour Bridge after a multi-vehicle pile-up this afternoon.

There were no longer any delays on the bridge, but a fatal accident on the Princes Highway in Tempe about 2.30pm was causing "significant" delays in the area, Transport NSW said.

Unsurprisingly, many annoyed commuters took to Twitter to vent about the traffic.

Gavin Maxwell said: ''@iGavMax: The traffic in Beijing is better than Sydney today apparently. Who'd have thunk it....?''

Sarah Ann McCleary tweeted her trip through the CBD: ''@whatsamsays: In twenty minutes I've moved from Oxford to William street. Sydney traffic, you're really quite something.''

Alison Ariotti, a reporter with the Nine network said: ''Just made my flight despite Sydney traffic chaos. Even managed to squeeze in a quick champagne at @QantasAirways club!''

But not everyone was content having their Twitter feed clogged with posts on the state of the roads: @sicey4 said: ''Stop tweeting about Sydney traffic, it's busy, WE GET IT''.

The bridge accident, which took place about 1.15pm today, involved an empty petrol tanker heading south and two cars, police said.

A CareFlight helicopter took off at 1.23pm, four minutes after being notified about the crash by NSW Ambulance.

It landed at nearby Observatory Hill with a doctor and a paramedic at 1.34pm, CareFlight spokesman Ian Bedham said.

They treated seven people, of whom three were taken to hospital, including a 48-year-old woman in a critical condition and a man and a woman, both aged 20, in a serious condition.

Mr Bedham said the 48-year-old woman, from North Ryde, who had been going north, had a severe head injury and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

He said the three other people, who were able to get out of their cars by themselves after the accident, were treated on the deck of the bridge by paramedics and taken to hospital.

The 20-year-old woman and man were taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The woman had serious chest injuries, NSW Ambulance said.

The man had suspected spinal injuries and was in a serious condition.



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