Truck driver dead after tanker overturns, erupts into flames on New Jersey Turnpike

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KEARNY, N.J. —New Jersey State Police have confirmed that the driver of a tanker that overturned and burst into flames has died.

According to the New Jersey State Police, the crash happened in the northbound Western Spur near Kearny. Police closed the right and center lanes as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. The fire was put out an hour later.

Smoke could be seen billowing as far as New York City.

A mattress and a box spring were visible near where the accident occurred. State police say they apparently came off a van that was also traveling in the area, but it’s not clear if the tanker truck or any other vehicle struck the items.

The driver has not been identified at this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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