GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP — The Tuesday morning commute got off to a bad start in South Jersey with the closure of the 42 Freeway.

Delay on the northbound 42 Freeway in Gloucester Township (NJ DOT)

Two separate crashes closed down the highway northbound between College Drive and Blackwood-Clementon Road, creating a multi-mile backup onto the Atlantic City Expressway.

Two people were injured, one seriously, in the first crash, which happened around 1:40 a.m. at exit 8 and involved three vehicles.

A truck also overturned on the off-ramp for College Drive, the alternate route to get around the closure.

The 42 Freeway remained closed as of 6:30 a.m., as delays developed on Route 168, which drivers used as an alternative.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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