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    NJ traffic: Overturned tractor spills lemons across highway in Mahwah

    Wednesday, August 2, 2023 6:47PM

    Tractor trailer overturns in Mahwah, spilling lemons across highway

    MAHWAH, New Jersey (WABC) — Drivers were warned to expect traffic delays after a tractor trailer overturned and sent lemons spilling across the highway.

    The crash was reported Wednesday morning on Route 17 near Mountainside Avenue around 10 a.m.

    It appears the truck was in the northbound lanes when it went out of control and the container dislodged from the trailer before it struck another vehicle.

    It crashed into the overhead sign and the container broke open, spilling lemons into the southbound lanes.

    The driver of the truck and the second vehicle involved were both taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    All lanes were closed immediately after the crash but at least one southbound lane of traffic was reopened by noon.

    Although the overhead sign was not knocked down, NJDOT engineers determined it needs to be removed.

    The road is expected to remain closed through the evening commute and is expected to reopen later Wednesday night.

    The following detour is in place:

    -Traffic on Route 17 northbound is being directed to the exit for Route 202

    -Stay left on the ramp and turn left onto Route 202 southbound

    -Follow Route 202 southbound to the I-287 interchange

    -Take the ramp to I-287 southbound


    -Go under I-287 and turn right onto Oakland Avenue at the traffic signal

    -Stay right to take the ramp to I-287 northbound

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