Tanker carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline explodes on Route 9 in Sayreville
An overturned gasoline tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline created havoc on Route 9 in Sayreville Wednesday morning. The truck hit a cement divider, flipped over and burst into a ball of flames closing down Route 9 between Bordentown Avenue and Ernstin Road. Thirteen fire departments responded to the explosion and foam trucks were brought in from Newark Airport to help control the fire. Emergency crews are working to clean up the foam that was used to battle the flames and vapors caused by the explosion. Asphalt trucks are currently on standby to repair possible structural damage to the road from the fire's intense heat. Water tests are also being conducted after some of the gas ran into storm drains. The truck driver managed to escape and the accident is under investigation. Route 9 has reopened southbound but remains closed northbound. Officials say they hope to have the road open in both directions by Wednesday evenings commute.