Sydney traffic chaos: Truck hits airport tunnel sprinklers

  • An oversized truck has wiped out the sprinklers in Sydney’s airport tunnel
  • Cars were showered with water, with drivers forced to use wipers inside tunnel
  • Driver filmed as the truck scraped against the tunnel’s wall and sent sparks flying
  • Traffic chaos that ensued caused long delays, with queues stretching back 4km

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This is the dramatic moment a truck driver sent sparks flying inside Sydney’s airport tunnel this morning, setting off the sprinklers and causing traffic chaos.

A motorist filmed as the apparently unaware trucker scraped against the walls and smashed into the sprinkler system, creating plumes of acrid smoke.

The crash at 6.45am caused hours of congestion for commuters heading south towards the airport, with one lane closed because it was flooded.

At one stage there were 4km queues near the tunnel, but traffic has since eased.

This is the dramatic moment a truck driver sent sparks flying inside Sydney's airport tunnel this morning, setting off the sprinklers and causing traffic chaos

This is the dramatic moment a truck driver sent sparks flying inside Sydney’s airport tunnel this morning, setting off the sprinklers and causing traffic chaos

One southbound lane of the tunnel near Mascot has been closed while workers attempt to fix the leak, which has left pools of water on the road

One southbound lane of the tunnel near Mascot has been closed while workers attempt to fix the leak, which has left pools of water on the road

The flow of water from the broken sprinklers was so severe that motorists were forced to use their wipers as they inched through the tunnel earlier this morning.

Traffic officials told motorists to ‘expect significant delays’.

Aerial footage showed northbound traffic flowing freely, but southbound cars had ground to a halt.

Drivers were asked to avoid using the tunnel if possible.

The flow of water from the broken sprinklers was so severe that motorists were forced to use their wipers as they inched through the tunnel

The flow of water from the broken sprinklers was so severe that motorists were forced to use their wipers as they inched through the tunnel

Commuters are facing traffic chaos this morning after an oversized truck wiped out the sprinkler system in Sydney's airport tunnel, showering cars with water.

Commuters are facing traffic chaos this morning after an oversized truck wiped out the sprinkler system in Sydney’s airport tunnel, showering cars with water.

The sprinklers were switched off shortly after the crash and no more water is leaking into the tunnel.

John Sunde was cycling through the tunnel when the truck hit the sprinklers.

He posted a picture of the aftermath on Instagram, adding that the malfunctioning sprinklers had given him an ‘early shower’.

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