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Fuel tanker fire in New Jersey sends large column of smoke into the air

Posted at 2:18 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 14:18:02-04

A fuel tanker fire on the New Jersey Turnpike sent smoke billowing all the way to western Manhattan.

It happened on the western spur of the Turnpike around 6:45 Monday morning.

Smoke from the burning, overturned tanker rose to at least 1,600 feet, and traffic backed up on both sides of the road.

The view from a ferry crossing the Hudson River showed a heavy column of the smoke blowing across the river and straight into Manhattan.

More than 90 minutes after the accident, the truck was still smoldering.

There was no word on injuries.