Intense fire after tanker truck overturns at Turnpike exit to Parkway

     The fire as seen from the New Jersey Turnpike by cornell_hunt via Instagram.

    The fire as seen from the New Jersey Turnpike by cornell_hunt via Instagram.

    UPDATE (4:00 p.m.): The Turnpike ramp from the southbound truck lanes to Exit 11 (Garden State Parkway) remains closed for emergency construction, according to There are some delays in the immediate area of the exit in all southbound lanes. 

    UPDATE (2:50 p.m.): JSHN contributor Tom Tvrdik shot this video moments after the fire ignited. 

    UPDATE (2:40 p.m.): The Turnpike exit ramp from the southbound inner roadway has been reopened, according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The ramp from the southbound outer roadway to Exit 11 remains closed for cleanup. 

    UPDATE (2:35 p.m): The fire has been extinguished, according to the New Jersey State Police. 

    • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

    UPDATE (2:20 p.m.): Firefighters are making significant progress on the fire.

    Firefighters are battling an intense fire this afternoon after a tanker truck overturned and exploded on a New Jersey Turnpike ramp in Woodbridge. 

    The truck, which was carrying gas, overturned at Interchange 11, which connects with the Garden State Parkway, according to the New Jersey State Police.

    Southbound lanes are blocked as emergency services operate at the scene shortly before 2:00 p.m., as reported by 

    The driver suffered severe burns, police said, adding that a medevac was inbound to the scene. 

    Expect heavy delays.

    This is a developing story.

    WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal