EAST WINDSOR — A tractor trailer involved in a fatal crash with another truck caught fire on the New Jersey Turnpike early Wednesday morning, resulting in the closure of the truck lanes.

Delay on the NJ Turnpike southbound at exit 8
Delay on the NJ Turnpike southbound at exit 8 (NJ DOT)

The crash, which also involved a car south of Exit 8 for Route 33 in the outer lanes, was first reported around 3:20 a.m., according to State Police spokesman Lt. Ted Schafer.

One of the trucks involved was carrying a load of car batteries and caught fire.

There were several injuries and a fatality in the crash, according to Schafer.  Debris was scattered over the roadway when police arrived.

All lanes were closed for about two hours after the initial before one lane was reopened around 5:30 a.m. Schafer said a second lane was reopened as the investigation into the crash continued.

All inner car and truck lanes were open.

A tractor trailer carrying 7,000 pounds of garbage caught fire on the southbound Turnpike in Edison near Exit 9 on Tuesday.

Share pictures of the incident by contacting reporter Dan Alexander at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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