Police & Fire

Finderne and Route 28 Shuttered in Bridgewater Following Spill of Corrosive Liquid on Roadway Wednesday

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The circled area is the area of concern where residents are advised to shelter in place.
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*Editor's Update: According to Bridgewater Police, the situation is still the same as of 10:30 p.m. They are continuing to unload the tractor trailer, and hoping the roadway will be open at about 2 a.m.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A corrosive liquid was released onto the road after a tractor overturned at Route 28 and Finderne Avenue early Wednesday, according to Bridgewater Township Police.

According to the report, a 1999 Freightliner tractor, owned by Solid Logistics LLC of Newark, was traveling west on Route 28 and attempted to make a left turn onto Finderne Avenue. The tractor, police said, struck a traffic light pole on the west side of Finderne Avenue and rolled onto its passenger side.

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The trailer it was pulling, the release said, contained a corrosive liquid, which was released onto the roadway.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the accident.

Throughout the day, Somerset County Haz-Mat, along with state and local agencies, have been actively cleaning the scene. All traffic from Finderne Avenue, Route 28 and the surrounding area will be affected throughout Wednesday evening.

Much of the area was on a shelter in place order by police throughout the day, but, by 3 p.m., only residents within a one-block radius of Finderne Avenue and Route 28 needed to shelter in place. Those residents are suggested to keep windows closed and to turn off the A/C.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is monitoring the air quality in the area.

Bridgewater Township Police will be updating the Facebook page with more details as cleanup continues. Check back with The BReeze for continued updates.

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