CRANBURY — A crash involving two trucks shut down the truck lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike one of two major  problems faced by commuters on Tuesday morning.

Delays on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike at Route 46 in Ridgefield Park
Delays on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike at Route 46 in Ridgefield Park (NJ DOT)

State Police spokesman Trooper Lawrence Peele  said the crash north of Exit 8, for Route 33, closed down the truck lanes when a tractor trailer carrying live chickens and rabbits traveling in the right lane was rear ended by a flat bed truck around 3:20 a.m.

The flat bed ran off the right shoulder of the roadway while the tractor trailer overtruned along the right side and hit the guardrail.

The chickens and rabbits remained contained after the overturn but some were killed by the impact.

The crash also created a diesel fuel cleanup situation.

Peele said two of the occupants of the flatbed suffered minor injuries. The trucks were the only vehicles involved.

A northbound rubbernecking delay developed in the inner lanes stretching back to Route 195 in Robbinsville, which remained open to traffic.Commuters trying to avoid the Turnpike crowded Route 130 through Hamilton and South Brunswick in order to rejoin the Turnpike at Exit 8A.

All lanes were reopened just after 8 a.m.

A multi truck crash on the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York created 2 hour delays approaching the George Washington Bridge from Routes 80/95. The Lincoln and Holland Tunnels picked up hour-long delays.  NJ Transit buses into the GWB bus terminal were also delayed.

Speed restrictions and a disabled train near Metuchen caused 30 minute delays on NJ Transit's  Northeast Corridor.

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