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Two people killed and nine injured in fiery crash between two trucks and six cars south of Sydney

Horror peak-hour commute as two people are killed and nine others injured in fiery crash between two trucks and SIX other cars

  • Two people have died and nine are injured after a multi-vehicle fiery crash
  • Emergency services called to Princes Motorway in Wollongong, south of Sydney 
  • Crash involved at least eight vehicles, including two trucks in southbound lane

Two people are dead and a major emergency operation is underway after a multi-vehicle crash involving eight vehicles.

Emergency services were called to the M1 Princes Motorway in Wollongong, south of Sydney shortly after 2pm on Friday.

The fiery crash involved up to eight vehicles, including two trucks, in the southbound lane near the Mount Keira Road overpass, police say.

Two people are dead and a major emergency operation is underway after a multi-vehicle crash

At least one truck caught fire, producing thick plumes of black smoke, before emergency services extinguished the blaze.

NSW Police confirmed at least two people died in one of the cars, which was caught between two trucks.

Nine others were treated for minor injuries at the scene by paramedics. 

Detective Superintendent Chris Craner, the Wollongong Police District Commander, said there has been ‘an absolutely tragic loss of lives’.  

‘There’s been an incident on the freeway that I can’t explain at the moment, we have our crash investigators coming down,’ he told reporters on Friday afternoon.   

‘I believe there’s up to about eight cars involved in some sort of motor vehicle accident, tragically, we believe two people are incinerated in a motor vehicle that has been caught between two trucks.’ 

Mr Craner called on motorists who may have dashcam footage of the crash to speak with authorities.

He said it was too early to be able to identify the victims. 

Detective Superintendent Chris Craner, the Wollongong Police District Commander, said there has been 'an absolutely tragic loss of lives'

Detective Superintendent Chris Craner, the Wollongong Police District Commander, said there has been ‘an absolutely tragic loss of lives’

The fiery crash involved at least eight vehicles in the southbound lane near the Wollongong exit, police say

The fiery crash involved at least eight vehicles in the southbound lane near the Wollongong exit, police say

‘I think you can see from your cameras, the front of the truck has been incinerated, luckily that truck driver got out,’ Mr Craner said.

‘The motor vehicle involved, between those two trucks is totally destroyed.’

Mr Craner hoped the traffic would clear up in the next few hours and urged frustrated drivers to think of the two people who lost their lives. 

‘Take it easy, we will get it open, you are on the forefront of our minds while we are doing this tragic job.’  

Up to five Fire and Rescue NSW vehicles and multiple Ambulance crews rushed to the scene on Friday afternoon.

Transport NSW has reported heavy traffic in the area with motorists experiencing significant delays. St George Illawarra Dragons fans who are attending Friday evening's match against the Melbourne Storm at WIN Stadium have also been warned of delays

Transport NSW has reported heavy traffic in the area with motorists experiencing significant delays. St George Illawarra Dragons fans who are attending Friday evening’s match against the Melbourne Storm at WIN Stadium have also been warned of delays

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said the nine people injured in the accident ‘had relatively minor injuries’ and did not require hospital treatment.

Officers from the Southern Region Crash Investigation Unit are on site to investigate what caused the horrific crash.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the area, with all southbound lanes closed and two northbound lanes being utilised by emergency vehicles.

Transport NSW has reported heavy traffic in the area with motorists experiencing significant delays. 

St George Illawarra Dragons fans who are attending Friday evening’s match against the Melbourne Storm at WIN Stadium have also been warned of delays. 

‘If you are travelling to tonight’s game please be aware of traffic delays in and around Wollongong,’ the Dragons wrote on social media.  

Mr Craner called on motorists who may have dashcam footage of the crash to speak with authorities

Mr Craner called on motorists who may have dashcam footage of the crash to speak with authorities 

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