LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — The latest in the New Jersey Turnpike truck accident (all times local):
The New Jersey Turnpike has reopened following a deadly truck crash and fire.
The truck was traveling along the major toll road Tuesday morning when it struck an overpass in Linden. State police say the fatality is believed to be the truck's driver.
A fire ignited and was feared to have compromised the overpass and gas and power lines that run under it. Traffic was backed up into the evening.
State police said shortly after 10 p.m. the turnpike was reopening all lanes to traffic. They say repairs to the wiring under the overpass have been completed.
6 p.m. (EDT)
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says power lines beneath the Wood Avenue overpass across the Turnpike have been deactivated and must be removed before lanes can be reopened.
The Authority says the lanes could be closed until midnight.
A spokeswoman for the utility company PSE&G says 35 customers are currently without power because of the deactivation.
Power lines were compromised due to a fire that started after a dump truck struck an overpass on Tuesday morning near Exit 13A in Linden. One person is dead. Traffic remains backed up Tuesday evening.
Authorities say traffic was moving only in the northbound truck lanes and that damage was still being assessed.
5 p.m. (EDT)
State Police say one person has died in the New Jersey Turnpike accident where a truck struck an overpass near Exit 13A, causing a fire and keeping traffic at a standstill.
New Jersey State Police Capt. Stephen Jones says the deceased is believed to be the driver of the truck. Additional details were not available.
The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Linden.
Traffic during Tuesday's evening commute was only moving in the northbound truck lanes. All other north and southbound lanes were expected to remain closed until at least Tuesday night due to power line issues and the ongoing investigation.
3:50 p.m. (EDT)
Authorities say a stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike will mostly remain shuttered at least through the evening commute.
The closure occurred Tuesday morning after a dump truck struck the Wood Avenue overpass in Linden near Exit 13A. State troopers soon blocked the road in both directions and removed barriers so vehicles could turn around.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, traffic was only moving in the northbound truck lanes. All other north and southbound lanes were expected to remain closed until at least Tuesday night due to power line issues and the ongoing investigation.
Delays on the northbound side stretched back nearly to the Garden State Parkway. On the southbound side, traffic was jammed as far back as Interstate 280.
3:15 p.m. (EDT)
People who have been stuck in a miles-long standstill on a stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike for a few hours are finding ways to bide their time.
The backups quickly developed after a dump truck struck an overpass Tuesday morning in Linden, causing a fire.
Many drivers soon got out of their cars to talk with other motorists, while others sought to get better vantage point of the accident scene. And some started throwing a football around on the normally busy highway, which is one of the nation's major toll roads.
1:30 p.m. (EDT)
New Jersey State Police say the northbound truck lanes are reopening hours after a truck crash and fire closed the New Jersey Turnpike in both directions in Linden.
State Police Capt. Stephen Jones says a fire ignited after a dump truck struck the Wood Avenue overpass around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Jones says the flames may have compromised gas and power lines that run under the overpass as well as the structure itself.
Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Fenney says inspectors will determine whether the overpass is structurally safe.
Northbound traffic is being diverted at Interchange 11 for car lanes. Southbound traffic is being directed off at Interchange 14.
Vehicles are backed up for miles.