Tractor-Trailer Eviscerated in NJ Turnpike Fire

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    Traffic is back to normal near Exit 10 on the NJ Turnpike. A tractor trailer suddenly burst into flames, sending black billowing smoke shooting into the sky. Danielle Elias reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014)

    The driver of a tractor-trailer suffered a laceration to the arm when the truck became engulfed in flames on the New Jersey Turnpike Tuesday afternoon, causing traffic delays, authorities said.

    Officials said the cab struck a guard rail and the trailer, which was carrying mixed merchandise, became detached and ended up on a grass median at around 1:30 p.m on the outer roadway of the highway's southbound lanes near Exit 10.

    The cause of the accident may have been a blownout tire, police said. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital and his injuries are not considered life threatening. No other injuries were reported.

    Video from Instagram user @bfarley showed thick black smoke billowing into the air. Chopper 4 captured video of the charred carcass of the tractor-trailer on the highway.

    Black Smoke Billows From Tractor-Trailer in Fiery Turnpike Accident

    [NY] Black Smoke Billows From Tractor-Trailer in Fiery Turnpike Accident
    Instagram user @bfarley captured this video of thick black smoke billowing from the truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014)

    The vehicle was virtually eviscerated.

    All southbound lanes on the turnpike have since been reopened.

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