At 6:20 a.m. on December 6, 1988, a tractor-semitrailer combination operated by Island Transportation Corporation (Island) and loaded with 8,800 gallons of gasoline collided with a Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) train at the Roosevelt Avenue grade crossing near Lafayette Street in Carteret, New Jersey. The truck overturned and caught fire.
The truckdriver died - no other persons were injured. The tractor-semitrailer, a pickup truck, and two houses southwest of the crossing were destroyed in the fire. At least three other unoccupied vehicles, other buildings, one locomotive, and several vehicles parked nearby were damaged.