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Part of NJ Turnpike Reopens After Tanker Blast

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Two children and an adult are in critical condition after their minivan collided with a gasoline tanker on the New Jersey Turnpike. State Police Lt. Stephen Jones says the minivan, carrying nine people, tried backing up from a tollbooth and into the E-ZPass lane near Interchange 18W in Carlstadt Monday night.

The truck, carrying 8,500 pounds of fuel, hit the van, struck a concrete barrier and exploded into flames.  Emergency construction to repair damage to the highway closed the turnpike’s western spur between Interchange 15W and Interchange 18W until Tuesday morning.

State police say the nine people in the van lived together in Manhattan. Eight share the last name of the driver, 45-year-old Yayah Bah, who escaped with minor injuries.

The truck driver sustained a minor leg injury.

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