Bridgewater, NJ – On 06/14/17, a 1999 Freightliner tractor owned by Solid Logistics LLC Newark NJ was traveling westbound on State Highway 28 and attempted to make a left turn on Finderne Avenue. The vehicle struck a traffic light pole located on the west side of Finderne Avenue and rolled onto its passenger side. The trailer it is was pulling contained a corrosive liquid, which was released onto the roadway. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
Somerset County Haz-Mat along with State and Local agencies are actively cleaning up the scene. All traffic from Finderne Avenue, Highway 28 and surrounding area will be affected throughout the evening. Bridgewater Police Facebook will be updated as the situation progresses.
Update – Regarding the tractor trailer at Finderne Ave. and Union Ave., crews are still in the process of off-loading the corrosive liquid that was being transported. The attached picture indicates our area of concern and residents in this area are suggested to shelter in place, keep windows closed and turn off the A/C. Residents outside of this circled area can have the windows open or operate their A/C.
State DEP is monitoring air quality in the area as the work continues. We will update again around 10 PM
UPDATE (10pm): The situation remains the same. Efforts to unload the tractor trailer are continuing. We are hoping the roadway will be open at approximately 2:00 AM. We will continue to update our Facebook page and website as the incident continues.
UPDATE (2:14am): Route 28 (Union Ave) is now open. Finderne Ave remains closed between Union Ave. (Route 28) and East Main Street.
UPDATE- 06/15/17: The trailer involved in the motor vehicle crash on Finderne Avenue was transporting eighteen (18) containers of Aminoethylpiperazine,aep. This spill was contained to the roadway. On 06/15/17 at approximately 3:20 am, clean up was completed and the Somerset County Haz-Mat team advised that the area was safe. At that time, the roadway was re-opened. The driver of that vehicle, Rafael Millasaky (age 54) of Lyndhurst ME, was issued a motor vehicle summons for Careless Driving.