UPDATE:

All northbound and southbound lanes on the M1 motorway at Berowra are closed this morning following a serious crash, with people being urged to avoid the area and use public transport.

Police have confirmed that emergency services responded to an incident on the motorway just after 3am, following reports that a road worker had been struck by a utility.

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According to police, the road worker was “picking up witches hats” when he was struck by the vehicle. He sustained head injuries and was taken to Royal North Shore hospital in a serious condition.

The driver of the ute was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers from Ku-Ring-Gai Police Area Command attended and established a crime scene. Crash Investigation units were also called to the scene.

All southbound lanes were originally closed on the M1 Pacific Motorway between Berowra Interchange and Windy Banks Interchange.

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Cars are being diverted via the Pacific Highway.

Anyone travelling towards Sydney is being urged to take alternative transport. Motorists are also being told to stay up to date with the latest traffic information at www.livetraffic.com.

NSW Police