Deadly Crash Shuts Down NJ Turnpike

Traffic diverted from Turnpike, I-195 in Mercer County for hours following fiery crash

By Kelly Bayliss and Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 1:39 PM EDT
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A deadly accident closed the New Jersey Turnpike for hours on Wednesday. Police say a tractor trailer rolled over and burst into flames killing the driver. NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke to drivers caught in the traffic mess.

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A deadly accident closed the New Jersey Turnpike for hours on Wednesday. Police say a tractor trailer rolled over and burst into flames killing the driver. NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke to drivers caught in the traffic mess.

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A deadly, fiery crash diverted traffic from the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) and I-195 Wednesday.

Police say that a dump truck overturned just before exit 7A (Robbinsville) on the Turnpike around 9:55. The truck caught fire shortly after overturning, causing the I-95 overpass to also catch fire, according to police.

The driver's name wasn't released.

As of 2 p.m. the traffic headache continued as crews inspected the bridge.

New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney says southbound traffic was being diverted at Interchange 9 and northbound traffic must exit by Interchange 4.

Feeney says Interstate 195 was closed in both directions. Eastbound I-195 eastbound is being diverted at Exit 5 and westbound traffic on I-195 must get off at Exit 7.

After about five hours, northbound Turnpike traffic was open and one lane of southbound traffic was getting by. I-195 westbound remained closed as of 4 p.m., the eastbound lanes were cleared.

Around 5 p.m., the southbound lanes of the Turnpike were closed once again.

Lanes were re-opened just after 7 p.m., but the New Jersey Department of Transportation says that motorists will be restricted to one westbound lane on the I-195 overpass over the turnpike in Mercer County. That lane restriction will last up to six weeks, because of damages caused by Wednesday's accident.

 


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