Massive tanker truck explodes on New Jersey turnpike (VIDEOS)
New Jersey State Police said the driver of a Honda CRV involved in the accident with the tanker was okay but may have sustained minor injuries in the crash, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
The driver of the truck has not been accounted for, and it is not known what the tanker was carrying.
The crash occurred on the northbound side of the turnpike in Kearny, New Jersey, causing the lane to be shut down. Southbound lanes remained open, providing for some dramatic scenes of the crash site.
Footage shows the tanker truck on its side and in flames, with smoke billowing into a huge thick, black cloud and spread over what looks like the length of several fire trucks, or more than 100 feet.
In helicopter footage, it appears the seams of the tanker split apart when whatever it was carrying ignited.
BREAKING PHOTO: Fatal Overturned TT Tanker Truck on NJ Turnpike in Kearny NJ. Via Instagram User: Kempterfirewire pic.twitter.com/Ro62UJM1xo— N. Jerzy Fire Alert (@NJerzyFireAlert) October 7, 2015
In another video, a mattress and a box spring were visible near the accident scene propped up against the barrier State police say it's not known where they came from, nor if they contributed to the accident.
The fire raged for nearly an hour and a half before being extinguished by emergency crews using foam trucks shortly before 5pm, according to NBC.