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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The vehicle was virtually eviscerated.

    All southbound lanes on the turnpike have since been reopened.

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