NJ Turnpike Reopens After Tractor Trailer Fire

Backup stretches for several miles

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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NBC10’s Jillian Mele updates us with latest on the traffic along the NJ Turnpike, after a tractor trailer crashed and erupted in flames which caused a huge delay for commuters.

NBC10 - Jillian Mele

NBC10’s Jillian Mele updates us with latest on the traffic along the NJ Turnpike, after a tractor trailer crashed and erupted in flames which caused a huge delay for commuters.

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A tractor-trailer caught fire on the New Jersey Turnpike shutting down the roadway in Burlington County, N.J.

The truck ignited in the northbound lanes at Route 73 in Mount Laurel, N.J. around 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

The trailer was melted by the flames and was left stretching across all three northbound lanes. The truck's cab, however, was left sitting on the southbound side of the highway. The roadways are separated by a concrete barrier.

Police say the driver of the truck was able to escape the truck without harm. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. with minor injuries.

Police, fire and other emergency responders quickly decended onto the highway as crews doused the truck with water.

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The highway was shut down in both directions, but all by two lanes are now getting by. There is still a large backup of at least five miles long on the northbound side of the highway.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

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