Overturned fuel tanker clean-up shuts down Route 287 ramp

Submitted by New Jersey Truck Crash Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark.

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A ramp onto Route 287 in Morris County was closed for several hours Sunday to allow for crews to clean up the aftermath of a fuel tanker accident. (Courtesy of Morris County Office of Emergency Management)

HANOVER – A ramp onto Route 287 in Morris County is expected to be closed for the next several hours Sunday to allow for crews to clean up the aftermath of a fuel tanker accident.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, the truck’s driver failed to negotiate the curve on the entrance ramp from Route 24 to Route 287 south, overturned the truck and spilled fuel on the roadway, New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said.

The trucker, who escaped before first responders arrived, was taken to Morristown Medical Center with minor injuries, the sergeant said.

“Mainly, bumps and bruises,” Williams said of the man’s injuries.

In addition to the Exit 37 westbound ramp closure, Route 287’s two right southbound lanes near the exit are also shut, the state Department of Transportation said.

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Kimberly Redmond | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Kimberly Redmond | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on August 16, 2015 at 12:09 PM, updated August 17, 2015 at 7:07 AM


UPDATE: I-287 ramp still closed from overturned fuel tanker 


HANOVER – A ramp onto Route 287 in Morris County is expected to be closed for the next several hours Sunday to allow for crews to clean up the aftermath of a fuel tanker accident.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, the truck’s driver failed to negotiate the curve on the entrance ramp from Route 24 to Route 287 south, overturned the truck and spilled fuel on the roadway, New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said.

The trucker, who escaped before first responders arrived, was taken to Morristown Medical Center with minor injuries, the sergeant said.

“Mainly, bumps and bruises,” Williams said of the man’s injuries.

In addition to the Exit 37 westbound ramp closure, Route 287’s two right southbound lanes near the exit are also shut, the state Department of Transportation said.

“The ramp will be shut down quite awhile to allow for extensive clean up,” Williams said.

The state Department of Transportation has posted signage on Route 80 detouring drivers away from I-287, Williams said.

Drivers are being encouraged to check the DOT’s traffic information website 511nj.org for real-time travel information regarding the closures.

Jeff Paul, director of Morris County Office of Emergency Management, said OEM officials, the county’s HAZMAT unit, the county’s special operations group, the county’s fire coordinator and state Department of Environmental Protection officials are assisting at the scene.

Originally published here by nj.com.

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