AC Expressway reopened after tanker truck fire freezes 5-mile stretch

An overnight tanker truck fire has shut down a five-mile stretch of the Atlantic City Expressway.
Photo credit Pennsauken Fire Department

UPDATED: 10:24 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An overnight tanker truck fire shut down a five-mile stretch of the Atlantic City Expressway in both directions for about nine hours on Monday morning. The closure forced detours around the region for the morning commute in South Jersey.

Atlantic City Expressway REOPENED between Winslow and Hammonton earlier tanker fire has been cleared

— Traffic on the Twos (@KYWTraffic1060) April 8, 2019

Around 7 a.m. westbound lanes were re-opened. Eastbound lanes remained closed for cleanup until shortly after 10 a.m..

The fire affected a stretch in Winslow Township between Rte. 54 to Fleming Pike exits 28 to 33. 

More pictures of the tanker truck fire that still has the AC Expressway CLOSED from exits 28 to 33 in both directions. No reported injuries at this time & the foam truck is hard at work! GREAT pictures from the Pennsauken Fire Dept. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/o1TF2RjjuA

— Chandler Lutz (@ChandlerCBS3) April 8, 2019

The initial accident ahppened around 1:30 a.m., when a brake line failure led to a blown tire and set off the chain reaction that set the tanker ablaze. 

The truck was carrying over 9,000 gallons of gasoline. The driver was not seriously injured in the crash, and fire crews appear to have the fire under control. Authoroties are hoping to re-open lanes soon.