Big Rig Accident Snarls Rush Hour Traffic on New Jersey Turnpike

An accident involving a tractor trailer and two campers on the New Jersey Turnpike caused a nine mile back up during the afternoon rush hour.A fiery crash involving a tractor trailer and two recreational vehicles (RV) backed up afternoon rush hour traffic for almost 9 miles on the northbound side the New Jersey Turnpike on June 28.

The Burlington County Times reports that the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. near mile marker 47 in Mansfield after a big rig in the right lane hit an RV that was towing a car, setting off a chain-reaction accident that involved a second RV. The impact of the crash caused the gas tank of the first RV to burst into flames.

New Jersey State Police told the news agency that the five occupants of the two campers were able to escape their vehicles before suffering any major injuries.

The unidentified driver of the tractor trailer reportedly suffered a broken arm and then went into diabetic shock following the crash. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton where officials said he was listed in good condition.

It took emergency crews several hours to clear the wreckage.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 583 people were killed as the result of motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey in 2009.