Tractor-Trailer Carrying Fuel Overturns in New Jersey: Officials

A tractor-trailer carrying fuel overturned in a traffic circle in New Jersey Tuesday morning, forcing officials to close down the roadway for several hours. 

Authorities say that the truck, carrying a liquid similar to kerosine, overturned while going through the busy Somerville Circle in Raritan at about 7:15 a.m. No one was injured, but the roadway had to be closed for several hours while crews brought the truck upright and cleaned up the spill, near Route 206.

The road was reopened at about 1:30 p.m., authorities said. 

Chopper 4 footage from the scene Tuesday morning showed the big rig on its side, and what appears to be wet ground near the crash site. Fire and emergency crews were at the scene. 

The truck was eventually uprighted and removed from the scene, authorities said. A significant amount of the highly-flammable fuel at the crash site also had to be cleared from the roadway before it reopened.

Firefighters said that the speed of the truck may have contributed to the wreck. 

Contact Us