BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The driver of a truck which overturned at the intersection of Glenside Avenue and Valley Road on Monday morning, April 3, sustained only minor injuries, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hopkins.
It took about 20 minutes for firefighters to extricate the driver who was trapped in the cab. Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad was on the scene and Atlantic Health Medics transported him to Morristown Memorial Medical Center. The extrication was made more difficult by the almost 50 gallons of diesel fuel which leaked from the truck, after it fell onto a stone and split.
Union County Hazmat was on the scene and it is likely none of the diesel fuel reached the nearby brook, said Hopkins. The roads will remain closed for an undetermined period of time as the cleanup continues. Chatham and New Providence Fire Departments are assisting with the cleanup, Hopkins said.
Chatham Township, Stirling and Watchung Fire departments covered fire stations that sent crews to the accident.