New Jersey Turnpike Morning Delays Caused By Fire, Overturned Truck
A tractor trailer that hit the center barrier of the southbound New Jersey Turnpike after the driver lost control and burst into flames early Saturday morning caused several hours of big delays.
All lanes are open and traffic is no longer being diverted off the road at #7A (I-195) as the scene has been cleared according to a tweet from @NJTurnpike.
New Jersey State Police say the driver of a pick up truck following behind swerved to avoid the truck around 6:20 a.m. at milepost 55.1 around the area of the overpass for Yardville-Allentown Road (Route 524) in Chesterfield just south of the Richard Stockton rest area
The tractor trailer became fully engulfed in fire and some of its unidentified load spilled onto the northbound side of the Turnpike. The truck driver was hospitalized for minor injuries; the pick up driver and his passenger had no injuries.
Neither the drivers nor the passenger have been identified.
The fire and clean up has caused huge delays all morning. Traffic was forced off at #7A around 9:45 a.m. to alleviate some of traffic, to allow inspection of the overpass and to remove the charred tractor trailer from the road.
The overpass has been re-opened to local traffic after being checked by engineers for any structural damage.
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