Tractor-Trailer Eviscerated in NJ Turnpike Fire

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.

The vehicle was virtually eviscerated.

All southbound lanes on the turnpike have since been reopened.

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