LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A smoky, fiery inferno erupted on the New Jersey Turnpike in Linden Tuesday morning, after authorities said a dump truck struck beneath an underpass and ended up on its side – leaving the truck driver dead.
Around 10:15 p.m. — nearly 12 hours after the accident — all of the lanes of the turnpike finally reopened. A few ramps near the accident scene were still in the process of reopening, officials told CBS2.
As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, the crash happened on the southbound side of the turnpike around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The truck somehow overturned, catching fire underneath the Wood Avenue overpass between exits 12 and 13.
New Jersey State Police confirmed that the driver was killed in the accident. The body was discovered after police got into the dump truck.
Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.
New Jersey State Police, initially concerned about the stability of the overpass, closed down seven lanes of traffic in both directions following the accident.