Police believed that the 49-year-old resident of Belleville was fatality of the accident, which occurred about 9:45 a.m. near Exit 7A in Robbinsville Township.
Due to the mishap, there was a significant traffic backup on Route 1, Route 130 and throughout the area.
The state police and turnpike authority had to divert the southbound traffic off the turnpike at Exit 9, while northbound traffic was being detoured off the turnpike at Exit 4. They also diverted the eastbound traffic off Interstate 195 at Exit 5 and westbound traffic off I-195 at Exit 7.
New Jersey State Police related that a truck driver was killed in this morning’s accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville and they surmised that the fatality was the 49-year-old man from Belleville. However, official confirmation of the dead man’s identity is still pending after the completion of the medical examiner’s investigation, state authorities added.
New Jersey State Police have confirmed that the driver was killed.
Another accident occurred when a fire caused by an overturned truck closed both sides of the New Jersey Turnpike and also disrupted traffic along adjacent Interstate 195 in Robbinsville Township on the same day, according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and a witness to the crash.
The emergency personnel who was the first to respond reported that the man was trapped in the burning wreckage. A witness, who was traveling a few vehicles behind saw it flipped over and burst into flames killing the driver.
The accident happened about 9:45 morning along the southbound side of the turnpike in the area of milepost 60.6, just north of the Exit 7A interchange.
The witness was a resident of Mahwah who was on her way to a job site in Sicklerville when she saw the tragedy. Sensing it was safe to drive past the flaming truck, the woman backed her car away, pulled to the side of the road, and called 911. She said other motorists did the same.
After a while, she saw an unmarked emergency vehicle, driven by man with a gun on his hip, arrive on the scene and tried to fight the blaze using gloves and a fire extinguisher. But the fire was too intense and burned until fire crews from Robbinsville, Allentown, Cranbury and East Windsor arrived. The woman said firefighters arrived quickly and soon had the fire extinguished.
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