Atlantic City Expressway reopens after tanker fire

WINSLOW TWP., N.J. (WPVI) -- The Atlantic City Expressway has reopened after a crash involving a tanker truck in Winslow Township had the highway shut down in both directions for a good part of Monday morning.

Officials reopened the highway to westbound traffic just before 7 a.m. The eastbound lanes of the highway remain closed for sometime after as officials investigated and cleaned up area.

The fire began around 1:30 a.m. on the eastbound lanes of the Atlantic City Expressway in Winslow Township.

New Jersey State Police said the fire started with a popped tire.

Officials said the driver pulled over, but friction ignited the fire and it quickly spread to the tanker.

The truck was fully engulfed in flames.

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Police said the driver was not seriously injured.

This is the second accident to shut down a portion of the Atlantic City Expressway in as many days.

On Sunday, a driver and passengers had to be rescued after the car they were driving became wedged under a parked tractor trailer.
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