Triple Traffic Trouble: Crashes on Parkway and Route 440 snarl commute
WOODBRIDGE — Commuters had three separate problems on the Garden State Parkway and Route 440 on Wednesday morning.
A dump truck overturned Route 44on0 northbound, blocking two lanes between the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. The truck spilled its load of paving sand into the center lane around 7:15 creating a multi-mile a.m. delay southbound on Route 287.
State Police spokesman Lawrence Peele said the truck was the only vehicle and the cause of the overturn remains under investigation. A heavy duty tow truck was needed to get the truck off the highway.
A hazardous material team from the Department of Environmental Protection was brought in as a precaution, according to Peele.
The driver of the truck was hospitalized for minor injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
The overturn also created a rubbernecking delay on southbound Route 440, and exiting delays from the Garden State Parkway at Exit 127, and Exit 10 of the New Jersey Turnpike.
A crash involving five vehicles on the southbound Garden State Parkway around 7:50 a.m. near Exit 136 for Centennial Avenue in Clark, led to a big delay back to Route 78. A rubbernecking delay also developed on the northbound lanes.
Peele said police are still trying to sort out the details of the crash. Two people were hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.
Southbound Parkway traffic was also delayed by a disabled tractor trailer at Exit 130 for Route 1 in Woodbridge. That was cleared by 8:15 a.m.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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