Police warn drivers should avoid Route 17 for several hours
A tractor trailer that lost an axle while driving on the border of N.Y. and N.J. shut the right lane and shoulder of Route 287 North in Mahwah, and caused massive back-ups on Route 17 North in Mahwah and Ramsey Wednesday evening, police said. At about 4:10 p.m., an oversized tractor trailer lost all of its wheels on the right side, police said. Traffic on Route 17 North backed up about three miles or more, to at least the Franklin Turnpike exit in Ramsey. Mahwah Police sent out a Nixle alert to residents at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday saying drivers should expect extensive delays on Route 17 North for one to two hours, and avoid the area if possible. No other informaion about the accident was immediately available.