Section of Route 80 closed by overturned tanker truck
HACKENSACK — The cleanup of an overturned fuel truck on Thursday night continued into Friday morning's commute.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Lawrence Peele said a Hyundai sedan in the local lanes crossed into the express lanes and hit the truck.at Exit 66 for Hudson Street around 8:30 p.m. The tanker overturned and spilled about 100 gallons of gasoline onto the road, according to Peele, who said it was carrying a load of over 7,000 gallons.
Both drivers were hospitalized for minor injuries.
The overturn blocked all westbound lanes, both express and local, as a state Department of Environmental Protection hazardous material team cleaned up up the spill. The eastbound express lanes were also closed.
The Bergen County Hazmat team first had to ground the tanker and put domes on top to prevent any further spillage.
All lanes were reopened around 1 p.m. The westbound lanes remained closed all morning as a second tanker truck had to be brought in to transfer the remaining fuel.
Peele said the incident remained under investigation.
Commuter buses in-and-out of New York were delayed by the cleanup. NJ Transit cross-honored rail and bus tickets on the Montclair-Boonton, Main/Bergen Line and Pascack Valley.
Is your morning commute impacted by this closure? Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.