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Ten Worst Traffic Incidents of the Year 2006

New York, NY - December 28, 2006 - Metro Networks, a Westwood One company and the largest traffic gathering and reporting operation in America, unveiled today the list of The Top Ten Worst Traffic Incidents of 2006. Compiled by Metro Networks traffic experts from across the country, the list covers incidents from 10 top U.S. markets.

NEW YORK:                      Tomahawk test missile ends up on
Interstate highway

SAN FRANCISCO:           Meatpacking truck spills cow body parts across

HOUSTON:                        Truck containing frozen chickens splits

BOSTON:                            12-ton concrete ceiling panel falls
onto car

DALLAS:                            Bridge damaged by rig carrying oil
refinery equipment

DETROIT:                           Two semis collide on Northbound I-75

CHICAGO:                          Summer long repairs on 4 major roads

ATLANTA                  Two cars and a tractor collide backing up
traffic for 10 miles

LOS ANGELES:                 Crash causes S/B freeway to close for
almost 13 hours

WASHINGTON DC:         Two tractor trailers collide on Northbound I-95


"Our list shows the incidents that have caused some of the biggest
traffic jams this year. American's are already struggling with longer
rush hours and more challenges to their daily commute. Metro Networks is
here to help people navigate a worsening problem in their lives," said
John Frawley, EVP of Operations for Metro's 70 traffic offices.


Frawley has been a leading traffic expert for the past 20 years. He
currently helps oversee Metro's traffic gathering infrastructure which
is the largest in the world, including more than 70 local traffic
operation centers, 1,800 traffic reporters, producers and broadcasters,
over 100 aircraft and agreements with Departments of Transportation for
ITS and 511 service deployment. 





New York City - In July a tractor-trailer hauling a Tomahawk test
missile overturned on I-95 SB in the Bronx. The missile ended up on the
Interstate. The highway was closed that morning while ATF officials and
NYPD bomb crews investigated. Metro Network radio and TV helicopters
were over the scene all morning as workers carefully removed the missile
from the highway. No serious injuries resulted. There apparently was no
triggering device on the missile.


San Francisco - A meatpacking truck traveling along the NB101 in San
Mateo got into a messy accident spilling cow body parts all across the
freeway. Commuters experienced heavy delays as workers cleaned up the
hundreds of strewn body parts.


Houston - An accident on the ramp from 610 North loop to the US59
resulted in a truck falling off the ramp and breaking open. The truck
contained frozen chickens which were thrown all over the freeway below.


Boston - In July a 12-ton concrete ceiling panel from a "Big Dig"
connector tunnel gave way, dropping onto a passing car. The tunnel,
which connects the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to the Ted Williams
Tunnel, had to be shut down, choking traffic between Boston's Metrowest
and Logan International Airport. Thousands of commuters spilled into
downtown Boston and South Boston in search of alternate routes in a
confusing sea of work crews and detours.


Dallas - A rig carrying oil refinery equipment on northbound Loop 12 in
November smacked into an overhead bridge at the Highway 183 interchange
by Texas Stadium. The driver of the massive truck had permission to use
Loop 12 and was told that there would be enough clearance to get under
the bridge. The wreck happened one day before a major bridge demolition
along I-30. Unfortunately Highway 183 was the scheduled alternate route
for drivers heading back and forth from Dallas to Tarrant County.


Detroit - In early November two semis collided on Northbound I-75 in
Monroe. They caught on fire and flaming debris was scattered clogging
the entire freeway and involving another four semis and about six cars.
The heat damage was severe and the highway was closed for a week to
repair the surface.


Chicago- The Summer of 2006 was one long traffic nightmare for commuters
from the south suburbs of Chicago and Northwest Indiana. The Dan Ryan
Expressway, Chicago Skyway and I-80/94 were all under construction at
the exact same time leaving them no alternative but to sit in the long
delays day in and day out. 


Atlanta- Two cars and a tractor trailer collided just before the start
of morning rush hour killing two people. The interstate was closed for
the entire rush hour backing up traffic almost 10 miles and clogging
many alternate routes.


Los Angeles - In March, on the S/B 710 at Washington, a big rig
overturned, caught fire, and burnt to the ground. The entire S/B freeway
was closed for almost 13 hours. As this is the East LA Interchange it
affected every major freeway heading in and out of Downtown Los Angeles
from before the morning rush through the evening rush that day.


Washington DC - On a Friday morning in the spring, two tractor trailers
collided on I-95 North in Massaponax, VA (just south of Fredericksburg).
The trucks caught fire and damaged the roads so severely that they had
to be repaved. The accident shut down I-95 North late into the night and
caused major delays on I-95 South.





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and other information. SmartRoute Systems manages traffic information
centers for state and local departments of transportation, and markets
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