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Truck Flips On Highway Flyover

Accident caused a fuel spill and delays in time for the Thursday evening ride home

A flipped tractor trailer on the Route 17 flyover over Route 287 caused significant traffic back-ups during Thursday’s ride home, Mahwah Police Chief Jim Batelli said.

According to police, the New York Bituminous Products Corporation truck flipped at about 2 p.m. Thursday when a fifth wheel disengaged from the tractor-trailer and partially came off. The malfunction was likely caused by a “load shift,” of the large generator that was being towed in the back of the trailer, Batelli said.

The accident resulted in a fuel spill that was cleaned up by Mahwah’s Haz Mat crew, Assistant Fire Chief Brad Stio said. About 15 gallons of fuel was spilled onto the roadway, he said. The spill was completely cleaned by about 3 p.m., Stio said.

The detaching wheel is “not uncommon,” Batelli said, and could have been brought on by “a variety of causes,” including the driver’s speed, approach to the turn, or improper securing of the truck’s load.

The accident was still being cleared at about 4:55 p.m., with several lanes remaining partially closed. The cleanup was “expected to complicate commuting times,” Batelli said.

The accident did not result in any injuries or any contamination, authorities said.

Mahwah Fire Company 2, Company 4, Mahwah Police, and state police forces responded to the scene of the accident.

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Richard Hession September 27, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Thank goodness i take the train!
Jennifer Cummings September 27, 2012 at 09:37 PM
This was HELPFUL! !! THANKS Mahwah PATCH!!!
fastharry September 27, 2012 at 10:46 PM
NO IRT for that guy..the whole thing sounds pretty trucked up...
Hank September 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
the trailer looks like a portable rock crusher or screener. It is not designed to carry cargo. If there was a bad fifth wheel it should have been noticed on the daily pre trip and post trip inspection the driver obviously did not make a visual inspection to make sure the trailer was completely hooked up when he left big time driver error
Wire Nut September 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
They could have put a sign up before exit so people don't get their time wasted being put back on 17 south. Like I really wanted to go down 202 to Oakland. Everyone could have turned around easier at rt 59 exit and 287 south. Highway dept asleep on the job again.
Joey Bourgholtzer September 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
The above comments about driver error and road signs are true but things like this will continue to happen. Imagine the accident area with the addition of traffic the mall would generate. You can see why so many people are opposed to a mall at this location.
Hank September 28, 2012 at 02:32 PM
to you the mall is bad but you give the Amazing Savings distribution center truck traffic a free pass is it because your local business backers are not threatened?
ref September 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Hank,it was only a pindle hook(not sure of spelling) no fifth wheel
Hank September 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
got it

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