- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) - The southbound lanes of Interstate 87 north of Albany have reopened after being shut down by a tractor-trailer fire that caused long backups during the morning rush hour.

State police say all three southbound lanes of the highway, also known as the Adirondack Northway, reopened around 1 p.m. Wednesday, more than five hours after a Canadian-owned truck hauling flour caught fire in the town of Colonie in Albany County.

Troopers shut down two southbound lanes and at times all three at Exit 8 in neighboring Saratoga County while fire crews battled the blaze. The fire destroyed the truck’s cab and caused minor damage to its cargo.

Traffic was backed up at least to Exit 10 in Clifton Park.

The driver wasn’t injured. Troopers say they issued him a ticket for unlicensed operation.

Troopers say the fire apparently started in the engine compartment.

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