Turnpike Tanker Fire in Kearny Fatally Injures Driver, Causes Lane Closures

A massive tanker fire caused lane closures on the New Jersey Turnpike Western spur in Kearny this afternoon, killing the driver.

The Kearny Fire Department and State Police responded to the Western spur near mile marker 110, shortly after 3 p.m. for an accident involving an engulfed tanker truck on the right shoulder of the roadway.

According to State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams, it appears that a Honda CRV was involved in an accident with a tanker truck. The driver of the Honda suffered little to no injuries but the truck driver died at the scene.

Newark Airport foam trucks are at the scene assisting with a fuel spill, according to police.

State Police's fatal accident unit and the Northern Regional Medical Examiner Office were called to the scene.