ROXBURY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Route 80 is finally moving again hours after the back end of a truck separated from its cab.
The accident happened at around 10:30 a.m. Friday and forced the closure of all eastbound lanes along I-80 in Roxbury Township.
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Drivers were stuck on I-80 for hours, trains were stopped and buses were used to replace them after this morning’s accident that sent three people to the hospital, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
The rear part of a dump truck – the hopper – toppled onto the girders of an I-80 overpass.
Down below are NJ TRANSIT tracks — 20 feet below the 15,000 pounds of danger precariously perched above, Aiello reported.
“We heard the huge crash noise and a horn honking nonstop,” said Marlen Medrano who worked nearby when a Ford SUV and the dump truck collided in the eastbound lanes.
Medrano heard the SUV driver panicking, Aiello reported.
“We heard the lady screaming ‘Oh my gosh’ in tears, saying help me, someone help me.”
NJ TRANSIT quickly stopped train service running between Mount Arlington and Hackettstown, while workers with Powder Mill Towing examined the truck hopper from a cherry picker – trying to determine how to remove it.
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Luckily the back of the truck was empty, but big chunks of the cab tumbled down along the railroad tracks — a piece of the hood and what looked like the truck’s E-ZPass, Aiello reported.
There were lane closures eastbound and gawker’s delays westbound for more than six hours.
Eventually, workers attached cables to the hopper.and lifted it off the girders using what’s known as a rotator arm on a heavy duty tow truck.
The dump truck driver, the SUV driver and a young passenger in the SUV were all taken to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.