MANCHESTER - A trucker escaped injury after losing control of his big rig in the middle of this morning's rush hour in the township's Whiting section, but the resulting fuel spill slowed traffic to a crawl around it for hours.

Police responded to Pasadena Road, near Lincoln Boulvard, at about 8:40 AM, to find the semi with a red 1999 Volvo cab on the shoulder, and fuel splayed across the pavement.

According to investigators, David Bustos-Barreto, 52, of Phillipsburg, was unable to negotiate a curve on westbound Pasadena. The truck jackknifed, sailed off the road and hit a metal road marker. The impact severed a fuel line, police said. Bustos-Barreto moved the rig to the shoulder, and a detour was raised until the fuel was mopped.

Members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, Berkeley Township Hazardous Materials Unit, and Ocean County Road Department assisted. The investigaiton is under the direction of Manchester PD Corporal Douglas Higgins.

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