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Tractor-trailer with 38,000 pounds of soda caves in on Route 17 in Ramsey

Photo Credit: WILLIAM JOSEPH
Photo Credit: WILLIAM JOSEPH
Photo Credit: / REPORTING: Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: WILLIAM JOSEPH

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: A trailer loaded with 19 tons of Malta India caved in, splitting itself, on Route 17 south in Ramsey this afternoon.

Traffic backed up quickly on the highway, as Ramsey police, aided by members of the Ramsey Rescue Squad, shut the right lane of the highway so the cases could be offloaded.

PHOTOS / REPORTING: Boyd A. Loving

NJDOT officials were reportedly responding to the scene, as were the Bergen County Police.

“It happens when trailers are overloaded,” one observer said after the collapse, which occurred just after 4 p.m. between the Swan Road exit and the train station.

“That and the snow load should have been cleaned off the top,” said another.

No other vehicles were reported damaged nor immediate injuries reported.

PHOTOS / REPORTING: Boyd A. Loving

INSET: Courtesy WILLIAM JOSEPH

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