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VIDEO: NJSP Says Plan Other Routes After Route 287 Truck Fire In Oakland

Video of Thursday afternoon tractor-trailer fire on southbound Route 287 in Oakland.
Video of Thursday afternoon tractor-trailer fire on southbound Route 287 in Oakland. Video Credit: VIDEO: James Bazzano
Flames consumed the rig.
Flames consumed the rig. Photo Credit: Daily Voice photo: Christina Oliva
The southbound highway was shut down.
The southbound highway was shut down. Photo Credit: Daily Voice photo: Christina Oliva
Firefighters from various companies responded.
Firefighters from various companies responded. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Anthony M. Molnar (@firegroundbuffnj)
At the scene, thanks to Fireground Buff Network NJ.
At the scene, thanks to Fireground Buff Network NJ. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Anthony M. Molnar (@firegroundbuff.nj)
Plan other routes, NJSP warned.
Plan other routes, NJSP warned. Photo Credit: COURTESY: NJ State Police
Traffic was being diverted to Oakland.
Traffic was being diverted to Oakland. Photo Credit: COURTESY: NJ State Police

MAHWAH, N.J. -- A massive tractor-trailer fire closed southbound Route 287 in Oakland just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

"Truck driver is safely out of the cab and fortunately no one was injured," New Jersey State Police said in a statement.

However, "traffic is currently being diverted off exit 58 [in Oakland]," they said just before 5 p.m. "Expect extended delays and plan alternate routes.

Passersby posted videos and photos said as the tractor pulling the Target trailer leaked fuel onto the highway.

Motorists and nearby residents reported hearing explosions.

Several area fire companies responded.

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