PARAMUS, N.J. — A fiery crash on Route 17 south in Paramus, which resulted from a tractor-trailer smashing into a utility pole this afternoon, disrupted traffic and caused delays.

The crash -- which erupted in a massive blaze, causing billowing thick black clouds of smoke and downed electrical wires -- occurred on Route 17 southbound near West Ridgewood Avenue. The accident resulted in a two-hour closure of all lanes at Ridgewood Avenue on Route 17 south in addition to all lanes at Route 17 North at A & S Drive from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. this evening, according to a tweet from the Paramus Police Department. 

The crash is under investigation.