Truck Fire Causes Utility Wire Damage; Expect Closures and Detours on Route 206 Near Paterson Avenue
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 • 6:06pm
NEWTON, NJ – Traffic snags continue due to a motor vehicle crash, and fire, which occurred at approximately 12:51pm today.
Click here to read the previous report by The Alternative Press on this accident.
According to a statement released by the Town of Newton Police Chief Michael Richards, driver Alexander Lobban realized there was an issue with his 2002 Ford F150 pickup, and immediately pulled over on Route 206 South across from Paterson Avenue, exiting the vehicle.
The gas tank dismounted and was dragged for a distance, engulfing the vehicle in flames, and setting ablaze the utility lines above.
Lobban was not injured, and Newton Police and Fire Department arrived quickly on the scene.
The Newton First Aid Squad and the Newton DPW also assisted at the scene.
“Significant damage occurred to the utility lines which will require extensive repair work,” Richards said. “As a result, the utility companies will be working on the lines in the area, and the work is expected to continue throughout the night. During this time, traffic in this area will be closed, detoured, or alternating. Please plan travel routes accordingly.”
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