A fatal car accident in an inner city suburb caused major delays across peak-hour traffic in the Sydney CBD.
Police say that the crash occurred at around 05:00 on March 30 when a taxi and a Holden ute collided at the intersection of Regent Street and Lee Street near Prince Alfred Park in Chippendale.
The driver of the taxi – a 40-year-old man – suffered fatal injuries as a result and was found dead at the scene.
Apparently the male driver of the Holden managed to escape life-threatening injuries, but was still taken to hospital to receive medical attention.
Fortunately neither of the vehicles had any other passengers in them at the time of the collision, meaning that the number of victims was limited.
Police were forced to shut down Regent Street in both directions for a number of hours to allow emergency services unrestricted access to the scene.
Official reports have not shed light on the circumstances leading up to the crash and it is not known if speed or alcohol was a factor.
It is understood that police officers from City Central Local Area Command were later joined by members of the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit after a crime scene had been established.
Specialist investigators examined the scene for some time before salvage crews were called in to remove the damaged vehicles.
A spokesman for the Sydney Transport Management Centre, David Wright, told reporters that extensive traffic delays had been experienced across most of the city as a result of the crash, with some cars sitting stationary for hours.
"The streets are all clear and open now but still there are some heavy delays in the area," said Mr Wright.
The spokesman also said that CityRail would be accepting valid bus tickets held by commuters across its network until the situation was cleared in order to keep bus congestion to a minimum.
While the delays may have cost motorists a measurable chunk of their morning, the medical expenses experienced by the victims of city crashes can be hard to calculate.
In many cases car accident compensation can go a long way towards covering the treatments required by patients – with rehabilitation therapies and medical procedures not widely known for coming in cheap.
While the circumstances surrounding a collision can often predicate the kind of payments available, a car accident lawyer can assist the victims in navigating their legal options.