Fiery tractor trailer crash shuts down portion of New Jersey Turnpike

MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey (WPVI) -- A stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike is shut down Sunday morning because of a fatal crash.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. on the southbound side of the New Jersey Turnpike just north of Exit 4 in Mount Laurel.

Police said a tractor trailer lost control and went off of the road, striking a barrier before flipping over and then bursting into flames. The driver died at the scene.

New Jersey State Police have shut down the turnpike at Exit 5 and are diverting traffic.

Investigators are questioning whether or not wet roads from the storms played a role in the crash.

Officials said the turnpike southbound will be closed through the morning as the investigation continues.
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