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Chaos caused after routine maintenance led to large amount of water on roads, with traffic described as ‘bumper to bumper’

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Sydney commuters were caught in a 26km traffic jam during peak hour on Tuesday morning after a routine test of fire sprinklers in the city’s M8 tunnel went awry.

The M8 tunnel was due to reopen just after 5am on Tuesday following routine maintenance overnight, but it did not reopen until 7.45am.

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