BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The trailer of a truck was fully engulfed in flames on Route 78 Tuesday to start the morning commute.

New Jersey State Police spokesman Trooper Alejandro Goez said the truck went up on the center median and caught fire around 5:30 a.m. The driver got out without injury, according to Goez.

Two lanes were closed in both directions creating multi-mile delays during the morning commute.  The closure was expected to remain in place until at least 1 p.m., according to a tweet from State Police.

Route 22 also picked up delays from drivers seeking an alternate route. Two people traveling in a minivan were hurt later Tuesday when the vehicle struck debris from the earlier crash. But the injuries were not considered serious.

Two occupants of two other cars involved in the crash were hospitalized at Overlook Hospital for minor injures.

Video taken by New Jersey 101.5 listener Jay Clark showed the truck smoldering, completely destroyed.


Goez said it's not known what caused the truck to hit the center divider and the crash remains under investigation.

Tha Associated Press contributed to this report

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