Tractor-trailer hauling watermelons crashes on NJ Turnpike, killing two

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A tractor-trailer packed with watermelons crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing two men inside, state police said Friday.

The crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when a Peterbilt tractor-trailer carrying a load of watermelons ran off the northbound inner roadway and slammed into a guardrail and a concrete bridge support in Robbinsville near Exit 7A, state police said.

“The male driver was ejected and sustained fatal injuries,” state police said in a statement to The Post. “A male passenger in the truck also sustained fatal injuries.”

The victims were not immediately identified.

The deadly wreck shut down the right lane of the northbound inner roadway for six hours before it reopened early Friday, causing “moderate traffic” backup, state police said.

The accident also sent the tractor-trailer’s massive load of watermelons across the roadway, according to video from WPVI.

The crash remains under investigation, state police said Friday.

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