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.

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.

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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