Fiery tanker crash in Newark delays trains; stalls Route 21 traffic

Originally published: March 13, 2014 5:36 AM
Updated: March 13, 2014 8:43 AM

Authorities say the fire happened near Parkhurst Street.

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Authorities say the fire happened near Parkhurst Street. (7:43 AM)

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Tanker truck fire in Newark
Tanker truck fire in Newark

NEWARK – Some rail commuters are facing delays following a fiery tanker crash in Newark.

The tanker burst into flames after colliding with a car on McCarter Highway near Murray Street and adjacent to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor rail line at around 1:45 a.m. That caused problems for Amtrak’s signals and overhead wires.

The state Department of Transportation says Route 21 northbound remains shutdown. Traffic is moving in both directions in the southbound lanes. 
    
New Jersey Transit says Raritan Valley Line service is temporarily suspended.
    
Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains are operating with delays of up to 45 minutes.
    
Systemwide cross-honoring is in effect and NJT rail tickets are being cross-honored on PATH from Newark and Hoboken.
    
Police are investigating the accident. Authorities have not said if there were any injuries. 

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