Damaged overpass closes part of Garden State Parkway

June 4, 2008 6:01:10 PM PDT
Authorities are diverting southbound traffic on the Garden State Parkway after a tractor-trailer carrying crushed cars hit an overpass near exit 73, damaging the structure and snarling traffic.Turnpike Authority spokesman Joseph Orlando says the accident happened as the tractor-trailer was trying to exit the southbound side of the roadway around 2 p.m.

There were no reports of injuries.

Orlando says engineers are working to determine the extent of damage to the overpass, which carries Lacey Road over the Parkway, and what it's going to take to repair it.

Orlando says southbound traffic is being diverted off the Parkway at exit 77. He did not know when the closed section of the road would be reopened. Northbound traffic was not seriously affected, he said.