A big rig driver severely burned when his tanker truck overturned and burst into flames on the New Jersey Turnpike Tuesday has died, authorities say.
The truck driver, identified as 57-year-old Carlos Vinciguerra-Gomez, was airlifted to an area hospital after the crash near exchange 11 in Woodbridge, and died Wednesday morning, about 20 hours after the fiery accident, according to the New Jersey State Police. His family was by his bedside.
New Jersey State Police say the driver failed to negotiate the curve at the exit "for unknown reasons." He was the only person in the truck at the time of the crash.
Chopper 4 footage from the scene showed dark plumes of smoke emanating from the crash site Tuesday afternoon. The truck, which was carrying gasoline, appeared to have been heavily damaged and portions of the ground nearby were ablaze.
The flames were extinguished about 40 minutes after the crash, but 200 feet of the roadway were so badly damaged that a portion of the turnpike will need to be repaved, according to New Jersey Turnpike spokesman Tom Feeney. Crews worked overnight to make the repairs.
The crash remains under investigation.