Truck fire causing major traffic backup on Routes 1 & 9 South near Newark Airport

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A truck fire is causing a major traffic backup on the southbound lanes of Routes 1 and 9 in Newark Monday.

The fire happened just before 5 p.m. near Newark Airport, and smoke could be seen for miles.

Here's a look at the crash scene:


And this is what the smoke looked like from a distance:

The cab of the truck appears to be destroyed, as viewed by NewsCopter 7.

Firefighters put out the fire a short time later, but the roadway remains closed.

Stay with abc7NY for the latest on this developing story.
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