Detective Superintendent Rohan Cramsie stated dashcam footage of the crash was “extremely confronting” and “horrifying to watch”.
“I can only begin to imagine what the other drivers would have witnessed and experienced when they saw that vehicle coming towards them, which we would allege would be above the speed limit,” he stated.
The crash led to a significant fireplace and authorities have praised the “heroes” who got here to assistance from the individuals caught up, together with one driver who was trapped.
“Those people who stopped their cars and got out and helped, they are extremely brave,” Mr Cramsie stated.
All lanes have since been re-opened on the bridge after the automobile flipped and burst into flames simply after 7am.
The dashcam footage reveals the lead-up and the collision itself. You can watch that within the video participant on the prime of the web page. It accommodates imaginative and prescient some readers might discover upsetting.
In the footage, a automobile is seen travelling at pace down the Sydney Harbour Bridge, merging between lanes.
Trying to apparently overtake a truck, the automobile collides with an oncoming automobile earlier than rolling onto its roof. A burst of flame is seen earlier than the footage ends.
A Traffic Management Centre employee who was close by and heard the crash raced to the scene and helped drag a van with a trapped man away from the fireplace.
Police stated three automobiles have been concerned within the crash on the Bradfield Highway at Millers Point at 7.10am.
Two of the drivers, a person and a lady, have been taken to hospital with non-life threatening accidents.
The driver of a van needed to be free of his automobile by emergency providers, and was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical however secure situation.
The fireplace was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW however prolonged delays are anticipated to proceed.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan praised the rescuers.
“A number of bystanders and other emergency service workers who risked their lives to assist these patients are absolute heroes, we can’t thank them enough,” he stated.
“One of the vehicles was well alight when we arrived on scene, it was an extraordinary effort to get the patient out of the vehicle safely.”
NSW Fire and Rescue Acting Superintendent Matt Sigmund revealed the fast pondering of a Traffic Management Centre employee had additionally helped save the trapped van driver.
“One of the traffic commanders came up to the incident in the very early stages, because he heard it, and actually dragged the van that had the person trapped in it away from the other vehicle that was on fire,” Mr Sigmund instructed Today.
“He’s done a fantastic job there.”
Mr Sigmund stated the bridge would hopefully reopen a while this morning.
Shortly after 10.15am, it was confirmed all lanes had re-opened on the bridge.
People are nonetheless urged to permit additional journey time, with city-bound visitors on the Gore Hill Freeway significantly heavy.
Trains have continued to function alongside the bridge.
Police stated they’re investigating the circumstances of the crash.