LINDEN, NJ — A tractor trailer lies on its side at the intersection of South Stiles Street and U.S. Route 1 in Linden while gasoline pools after the truck overturned on Wednesday, May 30. The tanker ruptured and spilled 9,000 gallons of gasoline, closing Route 1 in both directions between Pleasant Street and South Wood Avenue and backing up traffic for miles. Union County Hazmat personnel responded and the driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The Crown Inn was evacuated, Linden firefighters went door-to-door to measure air quality levels, and nearby Wheeler Park was closed to pedestrian traffic. Northbound lanes reopened about 7:30 p.m. and traffic resumed in both directions at about 1 a.m.
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