Betsy Ross Bridge ramp reopens in Pennsauken after tanker fire

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Friday, February 27, 2015
See photos from the tanker truck fire on the ramp from Rt. 90 to Rt. 130 in Pennsauken.

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (WPVI) -- The Delaware River Port Authority has reopened one lane on the Betsy Ross Bridge ramp from Route 90 east to Route 130, which had been shut down for several days following a tanker truck explosion.

The ramp reopened at 5:00 p.m. Friday.

The DRPA says effective immediately, wide load vehicles are prohibited from the ramp.

Work is scheduled to continue over the course of the next several weeks to restore the ramp.

It was around 11:00 a.m. Monday when a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel overturned and burst into flames on the northbound ramp from Route 90 to Route 130.

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles, but it was the residents on and around Wyndam Road who were breathing in the toxic fumes.

30 homes were evacuated as firefighters worked to contain the roadside inferno.

Officials say spilled fuel contaminated the ground around the accident, but it was contained.

A sewage drain near the road empties into the Delaware River. Remediation is underway.

Delaware River Port Authority CEO John Hanson explains, "The trucking company that was involved has retained an environmental remediation firm who's removing soil and dealing with the soil remediation and developing a site remediation plan associated with that."

The name of the driver has not yet been released. He was treated and released at Cooper University Hospital.

The driver works for TK Transport in Pennsauken.