Parkway vehicle fire

Upper Township resident James Jackson Jr.’s truck goes up in

flames Thursday north of Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township. It caused traffic backups.

Mike Dellavecchia / Digital Editor

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A Petersburg, Upper Township, driver escaped without injury when his pickup caught fire Thursday on the Garden State Parkway, State Police said.

James Jackson Jr., 27, was northbound at milepost 34.5 at 6:06 p.m. when State Police received a report his Ford F-150 was ablaze on the left shoulder of the road, Trooper Alejandro Goez said.

Jackson, who had no passengers, was able to leave his truck uninjured, Goez said.

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The fire was out by 6:50 p.m. Cleanup was being finished and the truck was being towed by 7:10 p.m.

Traffic backed up as vehicles were moved to the right shoulder and were allowed to pass the accident only one car at a time, Goez said.

“Keep driving,” said the police over a loudspeaker or bullhorn.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Goez said.

The Egg Harbor Township Fire Department responded.

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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