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New Jersey Turnpike Reopens After Fatal Crash

New Jersey Turnpike - Oct. 3, 2012 (credit: New Jersey Turnpike Authority)

New Jersey Turnpike – Oct. 3, 2012 (credit: New Jersey Turnpike Authority)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike reopened in both directions Wednesday night following a fiery accident that killed one person in Mercer County, according to the Turnpike Authority.

The southbound lanes of the Turnpike were closed between exits 9 and 7. Exit 9 is New Brunswick and Exit 7 is Bordentown/Trenton.

The northbound had been closed between exits 4 and 8. Exit 4 is Camden and Exit 8 is Hightstown. Those lanes reopened at about 3:30 p.m.

More than 30 miles of highway were closed for much of Wednesday afternoon, causing gridlock across the state.

A dump truck overturned and burst into flames in Washington Township near Interchange 7A, killing the driver, State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman said. His name has not been released.

Drivers were being diverted off the Turnpike on to Route 73 or I-295.

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New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney told WCBS 880 that engineers were evaluating the condition of the damaged overpass.

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