​Scotch: 6,000 Gallons Spills On State Parkway​​

June 7, 2021

A truck filled with Scotch overturned on the Garden State Parkway, spilling 6,000 gallons of the whiskey before it caught on fire as it mixed with spilled diesel fuel.

Scotch 6,000 Gallons

The 80-proof whiskey drew a lot of attention from people passing through. The truck driver was not seriously injured. The vehicle was owned by the B-Line Trucking in Newark.

Chief Dan Gregan of the Fords Fire Co. said the truck was making a turn when it clipped a telephone pole, hit a parked Cadillac and ignited. The township’s Office of Emergency Management coordinator also responded to the scene, police said.

“For us, it is unusual. We usually deal with gasoline tankers on the Turnpike, but to get a whisky tanker turning over in the middle of a residential neighborhood is uncommon,” said DellaPietro.

There’s no difference between extinguishing Scotch and gasoline, DellaPietro said: “it’s a flammable liquid. Once you put foam on it, it’s out.”

The Woodbridge Township officials did not know what brand of whiskey suddenly ended up on the rocks.

The truck tipped over while making a turn at the corner of King George and Egan avenues around 9am Tuesday.

“There’s a relief valve on top of the tank. When pressure builds up, it releases it. Some of the product came out of that hatch.

“When it flipped over, it made sparks on ground and that’s how it ignited, DellaPietro said.

The valve then closed, cutting off the flow of booze.

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.

It took 10 minutes to extinguish the flaming alcohol — the fire house is down the street — and a total of eight hours to remove all of the vehicles.

The fire was never a major threat to the neighborhood, officials said.