Tanker truck accident leads to massive fire on NJ highway

Toppled tanker truck was carrying nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel

A man looks at heavy black smoke, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Pennsauken, N.J. Authorities say a tanker truck carrying nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel has caught fire on a major southern New Jersey highway. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A man looks at heavy black smoke, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Pennsauken, N.J. Authorities say a tanker truck carrying nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel has caught fire on a major southern New Jersey highway. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a tanker truck carrying nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel has caught fire on a major highway in southern New Jersey, spewing thick, black smoke into the sky.

The fire broke out shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, when the truck overturned on the Route 90 on-ramp to Route 130 in Pennsauken.

Firefighters began dousing the truck n with foam around noon, and it appeared to be out 10 minutes later, but it then reignited. Firefighters had it mostly under control again by 12:20 p.m.

The smoke could be seen 5 miles away in downtown Philadelphia.

Nearby homes are being evacuated as a precaution, and traffic is being diverted.

Authorities say the driver got out of the vehicle.

It’s not clear what caused the truck to overturn.

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