Officials warn of major delays after truck crash on I-78 in N.J.

Officials warned motorists to expect heavy delays during the Thursday evening commute after a tractor-trailer struck vehicles in a work zone on I-78 westbound in Union County.

Load Error Two of three lanes were closed on I-78 west near Exit 43/Diamond Hill Road in Berkeley Heights as of 12:30 p.m. as crews worked to clear the crash scene, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. There were no reported injuries, the agency said.

“First responders and Traffic Incident Management personnel have been working to clear the crash and expect to have all lanes reopened after the evening commute,” the DOT said in a statement. “Traffic is getting by in the right lane. At least one lane will be maintained as crews continue the cleanup efforts.” New Jersey State Police Sgt.

Philip Curry said a Freightliner truck hit a water truck causing it to strike a pump truck at the work zone. The trucks all had fuel leaks from damage to the fuel tanks, he said. The state DOT and local fire crews responded to the crash.

“This incident is a reminder of the dangers that highway construction workers, law enforcement, emergency responders, tow truck operators, and NJDOT’s Safety Service Patrol drivers all face while doing their jobs on our roadways,” the DOT said. Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to

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