Truck Driver And Passenger Escape Firey Crash On Route 1 In Lawrence Township

December 18, 2022

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – A fire that fully-engulfed a box truck forced police to shut down the southbound lanes of the Trenton Freeway (Route 1), between the split with Business Route 1 and Whitehead Road, for an extended period Saturday evening, Dec. 17.

It was shortly before 7:20 p.m. when township police and Mercer County Central Communications became inundated with multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting that a vehicle had crashed and was on fire. Police and township firefighters arrived to find the blazing Ford box truck sitting on its side along the guardrail that separates the highway from the rear yards of homes on Glenview Drive.

Residents of Glenview Drive gathered in their yards and watched through the trees as flames shot into the night sky and several small explosions from the vehicle’s bursting tires echoed through the neighborhood. Township firefighters extinguished the blaze. The driver and a passenger from the truck reportedly escaped from the wreckage without injury.

The cause of the accident was under investigation by Lawrence Township police.  

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