CLINTON TWP., NJ – State police are trying to identify the driver of a truck that they said dumped metal debris on Route 78 this morning, causing damage to 16 vehicles, including one that suffered a broken axle.

Police were dispatched to the highway around 5:17 a.m. and found the metal on the road.

The mess caused partial lane closures, creating traffic congestion in the area, as troopers removed the debris from the road and drivers and road service crews changed flat tires.

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State police said no injuries were reported. The bad news, they said, is that the driver of the truck transporting the metal did not stick around to see if anyone was seriously hurt.

Perhaps, police theorize, the driver didn’t realize what happened. Either way, “We’d like to have a word with him or her,” they said in a statement.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Perryville State Police Station at 908-730-7042. Anonymous tips are welcome. There is no suspect vehicle description at this time.