NEWARK — Visitors heading home from the Liberty Science Center after Monday's solar eclipse were greeted with slow traffic due to an overturned tractor trailer.

Route 78 westbound traffic was slowed from the science center at Exit 14B in Jersey City to the mainline Turnpike due to the overturn on the ramp from Route 78 to the outer lanes of the Turnpike.

Trooper Alejandro Goez of the New Jersey State Police said the box truck overturned in the area of Exit 14 near the Turnpike South ramp. Goez said there were no injuries and that only the truck was involved in the incident. The driver, who was not identified, was evaluated on scene but was not taken for further medical treatment.

Delay on westbound I-78 exiting for the southbound NJ Turnpike
Delay on westbound I-78 exiting for the southbound NJ Turnpike (NJ DOT)

Many of those stuck in the delay were returning home from the science centerl where more than 6,000 parents and kids had a full day of activities watching the solar eclipse.

"We had families come out all enjoy the eclipse. It was great to be able to see it together safely alongside of our STEM educators who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. It was just a really fun day," Science Center spokeswoman Mary Meluso told New Jersey 101.5.

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