TRAFFIC was banked back for several kilometres on the Pacific Motorway at West Wallsend on Wednesday night after a truck crash.
The truck slammed into the guard rail near the north-bound George Booth Drive exit shortly before 5pm.
Debris, including a tree, were strewn over the motorway, requiring a lengthy clean-up effort.
Authorities closed one north-bound lane and motorists were advised to allow extra travel time.
The Transport Management Centre said there was also a fuel spill.
Police said there were no injuries.
Police investigations continue.