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Driver critical in crash into NJ creek

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The cab of a tractor-trailer was submerged into Overpeck Creek in NJ. (MyFoxNY) The cab of a tractor-trailer was submerged into Overpeck Creek in NJ. (MyFoxNY)
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

A truck driver from upstate New York is in critical condition after he was thrown into a creek when his tractor-trailer crashed through a guardrail and caught fire on the New Jersey Turnpike

Three New Jersey State Troopers rescued Lawrence Scherf, 66, of Vails Gate from Overpeck Creek in Ridgefield on Tuesday.

Scherf was rushed to a local hospital aboard a medical evacuation helicopter. He was transferred to St. Barnabas Hospital with burns to his body, reported the Associated Press.

The truck was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike just before 6 a.m. when it went off an overpass and into the creek near the Vince Lombardi service area, said police. 

SkyFoxHD was overhead where the cab of the tractor-trailer was submerged in the water.

It is not clear why the truck crashed through the guardrail.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area where the eastern and western spurs of the Turnpike meet near Interstate 80.

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