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- A tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of fuel caught fire Monday morning along the Atlantic City Expressway.
- The fiery incident blocked all lanes for hours.
A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of fuel caught fire along the Atlantic City Expressway Monday morning blocking both directions of the highway for hours.
It wasn’t clear what caused the fuel truck to catch fire in the eastbound lanes near milepost 30 in Winslow Township, Camden County around 1:30 a.m., Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen said.
The driver was able to escape the truck after experiencing mechanical issues and was the first to call 911, Keashen said.
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Fire crews from throughout the southern part of Camden County responded and poured foam onto the tanker to extinguish the blaze, Keashen said.
The roadway remained closed for most of the morning due to the hazmat situation and cleanup.
No injuries reported. County investigators looked into the possibility of faulty brakes leading to the incident but no official cause is known, Keashen said.
The truck appears to belong to Samuel Coraluzzo Co., Inc. and Torrissi Transport. The company declined comment Monday morning.
The White Horse Pike (Route 30) or the Black Horse Pike (Route 322) can be used to get around the fire scene. For other alternate routes, check out NBC10.com's First Alert Traffic page powered by Waze.
The roadway finally reopened before 10:45 a.m.