- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - State police are still working to confirm the identity of a person killed when a dump truck crashed into an overpass on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Tuesday morning’s crash sparked a fire and caused a miles-long traffic standstill that lasted for several hours. But officials said Wednesday that it didn’t damage the overpass or the pavement underneath it.

The person killed is believed to be the truck’s driver.

The truck was southbound when it struck the Wood Avenue overpass in Linden near Exit 13A. State police say the truck hit a vehicle that was being towed, then careened left, overturned and hit a bridge abutment before bursting into flames.

The fire initially was feared to have compromised the overpass and gas and power lines that run under it, so traffic lanes in the area were closed until late Tuesday night.


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