UPDATED: Toms River Man Dies in Turnpike Accident
NJ Turnpike southbound lanes through Hightstown and Cranbury were closed for several hours as the result of a fatal accident. All exits are now open.
A box truck driver, Phillip Frey, 33, of Toms River, was pronounced dead at the scene following a tractor trailer accident and resulting fire on the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 8 in East Windsor around 12:26 a.m.
There were no other injuries reported.
According State Trooper Adam Grossman, Frey struck the rear of a UPS Mack tractor semi trailer. As a result, the box truck and the rear of the UPS truck were engulfed in flames.
Hightstown, Cranbury, and East Windsor Fire Departments responded to the scene.
During the accident investigation and clean-up, Police set up a diversion from the turnpike for southbound traffic up to Exit 9 during the early morning until about 6:15 a.m. Drivers were advised to avoid the Turnpike in area. Many were trapped between Exits 8 and 9 for several hours and there was extensive traffic throughout the area.
The Turnpike has since reopened.
Police are still investigating the accident and no further information is available at this time.