ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A driver was killed when a pickup truck caught fire in an apparent crash on a dead end road in Elizabeth, New Jersey, officials say.

Crews were called to 1111 Jefferson Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Friday.

Officials said a nearby PSE&G ground base transformer also caught fire, along with a second box truck.

Photos showed dark smoke in the sky and several emergency vehicles on the scene.

Firefighters are on the scene of a pickup truck fire in Elizabeth, New Jersey that officials say left the driver dead. (Credit: RLS Metro Breaking News)

(Credit: RLS Metro Breaking News)

(Credit: RLS Metro Breaking News)

(Credit: RLS Metro Breaking News)

A witness told CBS2’s Jessica Layton it sounded like bombs going off.

“I heard things blowing up, boom, boom. I couldn’t get to the car in time to save the man, so I just stood there and called the fire trucks, called the cops, and when they got here it was already too late,” said Jose Montiero.

Other witnesses said they heard wheels spinning and wondered if the driver had some kind of medical emergency.

A PSE&G spokesperson told CBS2 the fire damaged the transformer, but did not affect service in the area. However, some customers may lose power while repairs are made.

The body of the driver, who has not been identified, was loaded into a black SUV and driven away from the scene, Layton reported.

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