State Highway 1 closed south of Ward due to serious crash - (Update: road now open)


5.15pm update: The highway is now open to all traffic. Drivers should exercise care when driving through the crash site and some delays can be expected while queued traffic clears

Waka Kotahi wants to thank road users for their patience and cooperation while emergency services and contractors attended this incident.


Due to a serious crash, State Highway 1 in Marlborough is currently closed south Ward, near the Ure Road intersection.

The crash, which was reported shortly before 2:30 pm, has blocked the road. Emergency services are at the scene.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area. No local road detours are available, and drivers travelling on State Highway 1 between Blenheim and Kaikoura can expect significant delays until the crash scene is cleared and the highway reopened.

Check the highway’s status on the Waka Kotahi website(external link)