Turnpike scampi: Shrimp truck bursts into flames
WEST DEPTFORD — The holiday drive on the New Jersey Turnpike in South Jersey was slowed by an early morning truck fire.
A tractor trailer carrying a load of frozen shrimp caught fire around 2:40 a.m. on the shoulder of the highway between Exit 3 for Route 168 and Wxit 2 for Route 322, according to Trooper Alejandro Goez, a spokesman for the State Police.
The driver managed to detach the trailer from the cab before it became fully engulfed, according to Goez. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
The right lane was closed for repairs to the roadway and removal of the trailer for several hours, which created a multi-mile delay for holiday travelers trying to get an early start. The lane was reopened around 11 a.m.