The New Jersey Turnpike is closed at mile post 81 due to an overturned tanker truck loaded with Sulfuric Acid. The tanker is reportedly on top of another vehicle - a car - where an unknown number of people are trapped inside.
All lanes of the Turnpike are presently CLOSED.
UPDATE 7:39 AM EDT --
The other vehicle involved was a Jeep Cherokee. The driver is dead.
NJSP investigating crash on the @NJTurnpike SB local lanes at milepost 80.9 in Milltown, Middlesex County, which occurred at 3:48 a.m. Overturned tractor-trailer. 1 fatality. Multiple lane closures in area due to investigation. Expect delays, and plan alternate route. #alert— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) October 8, 2019
TRAFFIC ALERT: An overturned tractor-trailer southbound south of exit 9 is blocking one lane of the outer roadway and two lanes of the inner roadway. Investigation and cleanup are underway, but drivers should expect delays this morning.— New Jersey Turnpike (@NJTurnpike) October 8, 2019
UPDATE 8:39 AM EDT --
Northbound lanes of Turnpike are fully re-opened but SOUTHBOUND remains severely slow because of wreck location on inner (car) lanes. Two of three lanes are still blocked on the "inner" roadway (Cars only) and one of three lanes is still blocked on the "outer" roadway (trucks and cars). Inner roadway moving at 1.8 miles per hour.
UPDATE 8:52 AM EDT --
The vehicle with the dead driver has been removed.
The tanker truck remains overturned and blocking two lanes of the car (inner) roadway.
Heavy duty wreckers are on scene to remove the tanker but because of its cargo (sulfuric acid) there are serious dangers during the removal process.
Fire department remains on scene.