A tractor trailer careened off a highway in New Jersey Saturday morning, crashing into a building and causing causing major traffic delays.
The accident, off Route 17 in Hasbrouck Heights resulted in an "inferno," residents said. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene, authorities said.
The office building where the fire started was empty at the time of the accident.
"I woke up and though it was thunder," said neighbor Aamina Ahmed, who lives near the accident. "And then I ran outside and there it was, a huge big inferno coming out of the truck."
Ahmed said the residents have asked the town to put up a stone wall -- larger than the current fence -- to protect homes and residents from highway traffic.
"This is a sign to the town now that they need to do something more than putting up a little fence like that," she said.
Lanes on Route 17 close to the accident remain close as the investigation and cleanup continues.
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Published at 1:24 PM EDT on Jul 29, 2012