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Small plane makes emergency landing on New Jersey highway

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A small plane suffering mechanical trouble made an emergency landing in an express lane on New Jersey's busy Interstate 80 on Monday, police said.

No one was injured when the single-engine plane landed at about 2:30 p.m. local time near the highway's exit 66 in Hackensack, said Sgt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police.

He said the plane, with a pilot and a passenger on board, landed in the eastbound express lane of the highway, a busy section about eight miles west of New York City.

The landing happened so quickly that police had no time to block off traffic, but vehicles managed to get out of the plane's way, he said.

"It was an emergency," he said. "There wasn't enough time to get the roads stopped."

The pilot had reported mechanical trouble and was in contact with a control tower at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport, where it was headed, he said. It was not immediately known where the flight originated, he said.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Greg McCune)