The Independence Day holiday weekend gets off to a rough start with two accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike near exit 7A causing early traffic delays in both directions.

Accident on New Jersey Turnpike southbound near #7A (Robbinsville Fire Dept. via Twitter)

Recent Delays

12:00 noon - 42 Freeway southbound - Debris spill in right lane at I-295. Slow traffic back to Route 130.

12 noon - Route 47 southbound - Slow traffic between Routes 550 and 347

11:14 a.m. - New Jersey Turnpike southbound outer lanes - Accident blocking right and center lanes approaching #9 (Route 18).

11:15 a.m. - New Jersey Turnpike Newark Bay Extension - Newark Bay Extension with nearly stopped traffic heading eastbound.

SUV involved in accident on the New Jersey Turnpike southbound near #7A (Brian McCarthy, Townsquare Media NJ)

An accident Wednesday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike northbound near #7A (I-195) blocked the left lane and increased the delay created by rubbernecking on an earlier southbound accident approaching the same area involving a truck, camper and two cars

In addition, a tractor trailer broke down within the southbound delay at #8 (Hightstown)  further slowing traffic.

AAA-Mid Atlantic estimates 1.2 million New Jerseyans will travel during the Independence Day holiday season.

“Independence Day is typically the busiest holiday of the summer travel season with 36% more New Jersey residents traveling than Memorial Day just two months ago. The Fourth of July benefits from the fact that all schools across the state are out of session, making it truly a time for family fun,” said spokesperson Tracy Noble.

“And although AAA’s projection for Independence Day travel is relatively flat year over year our roadways and routes to the Jersey Shore will be congested with travelers eager to support their local communities and Restore the Shore.”

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Video courtesy Brian McCarthy, On Scene News

Kelly Waldron contributed to this report.