ROXBURY, NJ - Officials at the scene of a water leak that froze into a thick patch of ice near a busy jughandle on Route 10 yesterday were surprised no cars crashed before it was reported.

By the time police were alerted to the situation at the highway's eastbound exit for Eyland Ave., ice at the sharp turn was up to eight inches thick near the curb. Police got the call at 4:05 p.m. and closed the jughandle to traffic while workers from the state Department of Transportation labored to chop away the thick ice by hand.

Roxbury Water Department representatives at the scene said they believed the water was coming from a broken sewer connected to the nearby Spartan Gas station. As night fell, with temperatures below freezing and a winter storm approaching, they were figuring out how to repair the leak.