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Tractor-Trailer Accidents Close Route 78 and 440 North in New Jersey


Posted on Feb 13, 2014

A semi crash on Route 78 in Bedminster Township sent several victims to the hospital and closed the westbound lanes of the highway for two hours on the afternoon of January 21.

According to New Jersey State Police, a tractor-trailer jackknifed and lost control shortly after 11:00 a.m., smashing into two cars near Exit 29 for Routes 287, 202 and 206. State Police in Trenton sent a Twitter message at 11:50 a.m. confirming that three vehicles had been involved in the collision and minor injuries had been reported.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation closed the westbound lanes at the accident site to allow investigators and emergency crews access to the area. Trooper Flynn of the State Police in Trenton reported that the vehicles and debris were completely cleared and all lanes were reopened by 1:05 p.m.

Trooper Flynn also confirmed that while one of the vehicles had become wedged under the semi, all of the victims are expected to make a full recovery.

A second tractor-trailer crash caused similar backups on 440 North on January 23. According to local authorities, a semi slid off the 440 North ramp to the Goethals Bridge where the Staten Island Expressway and West Shore Expressway merge on the New Jersey-bound side, partially blocking the ramp. Emergency radio transmissions confirmed that the New York Fire Department was called to the scene after police discovered that one of the truck's fuel tanks was leaking.

Police are still investigating the cause of both accidents. It is unknown whether poor weather conditions played a part in the crashes. No updates on the victims’ injuries or conditions have been made public at this time.

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