6,000 Gallons Of Scotch Whiskey Catches Fire After Truck Overturns In Woodbridge Township, New Jersey

  @CareyDrew2 on June 06 2013 9:25 AM
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Scotch whisky accounts for one-quarter of U.K. food and drink exports. Reuters

A truck carrying 6,000 gallons of scotch overturned on a New Jersey road this week and burst into flames, fire officials said.

The truck driver was trying to make a turn on the corner of King George and Egan avenues in Woodbridge Township around 9 a.m. Tuesday when he clipped a telephone pole and then hit a car, flipping its load in the process, authorities said.

Local fire officials told reporters a relief valve on top of the tank reacted to the built-up pressure inside and released most of whiskey onto the ground.

“When it flipped over, it made sparks on the ground and that’s how it ignited," Fords Fire Company official Frank DellaPietro told the New York Post.

While no injuries were reported, the driver, who works for a hauling company B-Line Trucking in Newark, was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy Division, as a precaution.

Woodbridge officials did not know what brand of whiskey was spilt as a result of the accident.

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