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Industrial accident closes down portion of Route 18, police said

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An industrial accident on Route 18 closed off a portion of the southbound highway for several hours on the morning of October 11, authorities confirmed in a statement.

At around 2:20 a.m., a stationary construction vehicle that was sandblasting the Route 18 overpass above George Street flipped over onto a nearby vehicle involved in the same roadwork, New Brunswick Police Captain JT Miller said in a statement.

Route 18 south between George Street and Bishop Place was closed for roughly four hours, Miller said, and was rerouted onto George Street.

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An investigation at the scene found that one of the hydraulic outriggers failed on the construction vehicle, causing it to overturn, Miller said.

No injuries were reported, Miller said, but both vehicles, owned by the Cherry Hill-based Allied Painting, were severely damaged.

Officials from the New Brunswick Fire Department, NJ State Police and NJ Department of Transportation responded to assess the situation and assist with the clean-up of hydraulic fluid and deisal which spilled onto the road. 

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