MONDAY'S horror smash at Bonville turned into a nightmare for Pacific Highway commuters, many of whom didn't make it home until late.
But their frustration had more to do with the continuing highway carnage than with the inconvenience of having to sit and wait.
"I was stuck at the petrol station just past the Bunnings roundabout from about 4.45pm," a Repton woman said.
"We were slowly moving which made me think the road was open, but I later worked out it was just from traffic turning around and heading back to Coffs.
"I reached the neon cross at the church at Boambee and sat there without moving at all until about 6.45pm or so.
"Police then drove past the other way, with a loudspeaker saying the road had been opened and we would be moving shortly.
"I reached the top of Repton around 7pm to 7.10pm. Traffic there was still completely stopped and banked up as far as the eye could see, that is, at least until the Bellingen exit."