WOODBRIDGE NJ – Author Raymond Chandler is said to have once remarked that there is no bad whiskey, only some whiskeys that are not as good as others.
The tanker truck full of Scotch whisky that tipped over on a Woodbridge residential street? That would fall into Chandler's not-as-good category, especially after the truck caught fire.
Captain Roy Hoppock of the Woodbridge Police Department said that a B-Line truck carrying the spirit flipped for unknown reasons on King Georges Road in the Fords section of town at 9 this morning. The driver was treated for minor injuries, Hoppock said. First responders quickly put out a fire that started after the crash.
Lori Kessell, who lives down the street, said she heard a loud boom at about 9 a.m. and smelled what she later found out what burning fiberglass. The intersection where the truck flipped is a dangerous one, the scene of many crashes, Kessell said.
Fords firefighters, who have a station steps away from the scene, responded within minutes and quickly put out the fire, but the scene wasn't clear until 3 p.m., Kessell said. The truck collided with a parked Cadillac, Kessell said. Nobody was in the car.
According to a photograph posted on the MyCentralJersey.com news website, the truck appears to have flipped into the lawn of a residential area. First-responders are seen in the photograph spraying the tanker.
A Hazmat team also responded to the scene, Hoppock said. B-Line Trucking, based in Newark, declined comment. Police could not say how much whiskey was lost and what brand of whiskey it was.