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Dropped fuel tank leads to big Northway backups

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State Police block off the left lane of I-87 north, just after the Twin Bridges State Police block off the left lane of I-87 north, just after the Twin Bridges
Debris, possibly the fuel tank, lies to the right of crews at the scene Debris, possibly the fuel tank, lies to the right of crews at the scene

HALFMOON, N.Y. -- New York State Police said a dropped fuel tank from a tractor-trailer was the reason for major traffic delays on I-87's northbound lanes Tuesday night.

A State Trooper with Troop G said the incident occurred just past the Twin Bridges around 7 p.m., when the tank apparently fell from the truck and spilled fuel onto the roadway.

As a result, The Department of Transportation shut down the left lane of I-87 north around 7:30 p.m. as crews worked to clean up the fuel spilled during the incident.

The left lane was closed for several hours, causing a rarely seen late night traffic jam on the Northway.

It was opened back up shortly before midnight.

You can watch some video from the scene on our Facebook page. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/wten.albany#!/photo.php?v=10100305282124052

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