A dump truck carrying a load of manure crossed the median and hit two vehicles before overturning on the side of Route 295 in Mercer County, closing lanes and creating a multi mile delay for most of the afternoon into the commute home.

Using two wreckers, the dump truck was uprighted shortly before 4 p.m.but work continues on the left and right shoulders to repair the guard rails according to State Police spokesman Lt. Jeff Flynn.

Earlier, State Police spokesman ‎Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said the truck was traveling northbound when it veered across the grassy center median and the three southbound lanes around 12:10 p.m. between Sloan Avenue and Route 535 in Hamilton. The truck wound up down an embankment on its side. Photojournalist Brian McCarthy at the accident scene said two other SUVs were involved and were removed from the scene on flatbed trucks.

Williams said the driver of one of the SUV's and the truck driver were both hospitalized. No charges have yet been filed and he did not know what caused the driver to cross the highway. A photo from overhead showed a damage guard rail.

Earlier in the day, a tractor trailer fire around 8:45 a.m. closed the northbound lanes  at the 42 Freeway in Bellmawr causing major delays all day. As of 1:00 p.m. the road was still closed with no access from either direction of the 42 Freeway.

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