By MICHELLE J. ROBINSON
8:04 p.m. EDT, April 9, 2011
KEASBEY, N.J.— A gas tanker flipped over Saturday evening in central New Jersey -- critically hurting the truck driver, who had to be rushed via airlift to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
There's no further word on his condition.
Emergency response officials say the accident triggered a three-alarm response from local firefighters as well as a major response from the State Police Hazmat team, which began foam operations immediately. They hosed down the scene with fire retardant to prevent the fuel from erupting into a fireball.
According to the State Police Twitter feed, the tanker gushed 8,500 gallons of fuel all over the roadway, which shut down Route 440 in both directions for hours in the Woodbridge area. Traffic had to be re-routed to the Garden State Parkway.
The crash happened sometime after 6 p.m. on Crows Mill Road in Keasbey, just west of the city of Perth Amboy.
Meanwhile, police found a wrecked, Mercedes Benz SUV nearby, leading them to believe there was most likely a crash between the SUV and the tanker. That driver is OK.
Investigators are in the midst of trying to find out how the crash happened.