Truck accident partially closes Rt. 440

September 8, 2008 6:02:08 PM PDT
A tanker truck accident has partially closed Route 440 in Perth Amboy. State Police Capt. Al Della Fave said the tanker struck the back of a New Jersey Department of Transportation construction truck on Route 440 northbound around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

A tanker truck driver and two state DOT workers were injured in the crash, authorities said.

The driver of the tanker truck sustained serious burns, officials said. He was rushed by helicopter to the burn unit at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Officials said the worker driving the state DOT vehicle broke his arm. He was burned. He was rushed by helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Another worker, a passenger in state DOT vehicle, sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center Perth Amboy Division for treatment.

The tanker, used for transporting heating oil, was empty when the crash occurred, but residual fumes triggered small explosions heard by nearby residents, Della Fave said.

One northbound lane of the road, which leads to the Outerbridge Crossing to Staten Island, reopened just after 3:30. Authorities were hopeful that the others would reopen by the Monday evening rush hour.

Southbound lanes were reopened about an hour after the accident.

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