After a dump truck overturned beneath an overpass on the New Jersey Turnpike Tuesday morning, becoming fully engulfed in flames, authorities shut down the highway.
Thousands of people were reportedly stuck in gridlock traffic for over three hours before the cars were slowly rerouted in the other direction.
The fire began after the truck struck the overpass and turned over on its side at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Associated Press reported.
One person inside the overturned dump truck was killed in the crash, state police said. Their name would not be released until family members were notified.
Drivers were at a standstill while authorities responded to the crash and assessed the damage, but resourceful people of the highway made the best of a beautiful day and decided to take the time to catch up on their tanning game.
...or Bumper-to-Bumper Baseball.
These party animals hosted backseat dance parties to topical tunes such as "The Traffic Song" by Brant Hansen.
While some just kept at their morning paper reading routine, traffic or no traffic.
Leave it to the Garden State to make the best of a bad situation.
Ema O'Connor is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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