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Trucks Collide Near Exit 9 on Turnpike South of Edison, Explosions Erupt

A propane tanker is fully engulfed on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick Wednesday evening causing several explosions. Credits: Courtesy Ryan Pinnella via Central Jersey Fire Buffs

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Fire crews are on the scene of a propane truck crash, fire, and several explosions in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 9, according to officials.

According to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the accident took place in the area of milepost 82.

Mutual aid from surrounding emergency crews has been asked for and Middlesex County Hazardous Material units are on the scene.

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Two tractor-trailer trucks were involved in a collision and caught fire.

According to the agency, one of the trucks containg Acetylene and propane tanks, caught fire resulting in several explosions.

The northbound lanes of the roadway are presently closed, backing traffic up for several miles.

Residents of Sherry Road have been asked to stay clear of their homes and their street, as the explosions happened almost directly behind Sherry on the Northbound side of the Turnpike.

As of 9:15 p.m., New Jersey State Police were reporting both the inbound and outbound roads on the Northbound Turnpike were closed, although they were hoping to repoen the inbound roadway soon.

The two truck drivers were reported to have minor injuries. 

Local roads were impacted, as in addition to Sherry Road, the Sullivan Way overpass was closed, and traffic was heavy on University Road.

Residents reported their homes shaking from the impact of the explosion, and subsequently the tires of the tankers also blew, causing further smaller percussions.

We will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.


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