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Multi-vehicle crash and truck fire shut down Route 78

Posted: 2:25 PM, Dec 06, 2014
Updated: 2014-12-06 14:24:24-05

UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A fiery crash involving two trucks and a car has left one person dead in northern New Jersey.

The early afternoon crash has forced the closure of Interstate 78 in both directions approaching the intersection with the Garden State Parkway.

A multi-vehicle crash and truck fire shut down Route 78. (Photo: @Tweetsbynia)

A multi-vehicle crash and truck fire shut down Route 78. (Photo: @Tweetsbynia)

State Police Sergeant Gregory Williams says two tractor trailers and an Audi were involved in the crash. One of the tractor trailers caught on fire, sending a plume of smoke that was visible for miles.

Police didn't identify the person who died and didn't say whether they were in the car or one of the trucks.

The accident occurred at a little before 1 p.m., and the roadway was still closed as of 3 p.m. Williams says the fire has been put out.