New Jersey tanker crash delays evening commutes

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 3:01 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An early morning truck accident has reduced the number of rail tracks available at a busy New Jersey station and is causing evening rush hour commuting delays.

Amtrak crews are repairing signals and overhead wires damaged by the fiery tanker truck crash near the railroad tracks at Newark's Penn Station at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline. But no one was injured when it collided with a car on McCarter Highway and burst into flames. The highway is next to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor rail line, which shares tracks with NJ Transit.

The commuter railroad's Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and Raritan Valley Lines are seeing delays due to congestion because of limited track capacity.

Westbound trains aren't stopping at Newark Airport.

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