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'Dynamic' Toll for 10-Mile Stretch of Highway Hits $40

I-66 drivers call it 'highway robbery'

(Newser) - Take the "dynamic pricing" model of shifting prices in response to demand (think Uber's surge pricing), add it to the new express lanes on Interstate 66, and the result earlier this week was a $40 toll to travel a 10-mile stretch into downtown Washington, DC. The price changes... More »

Cops: Boy, 12, Killed Driver in Overpass Suicide Attempt

Victim worked with troubled children

(Newser) - In a grimly ironic death in Virginia Saturday, a 22-year-old woman who worked with children with severe behavioral problems was killed when a 12-year-old boy jumped from a highway overpass and landed on her vehicle. Police believe the boy was trying to kill himself when he jumped from the Cedar... More »

Police Make Arrests, Say Atlanta Highway Fire Was Intentional

Homeless man accused of starting blaze under I-85

(Newser) - Two men and one woman have been arrested in connection with a massive fire that could leave traffic in Atlanta snarled for months. Basil Eleby, the man believed to have intentionally started a blaze that caused an overpass on Interstate 85 to collapse, was booked on suspicion of first-degree criminal... More »

Why Cops Suspect Highway Gold Heist Was Inside Job

Bandits pounced at unannounced stop

(Newser) - Did three armed robbers in a van just happen to be passing when a truck carrying gold bars pulled over on an isolated stretch of Interstate 95 on Sunday? According to search warrants seen by ABC News , investigators in North Carolina think the $4.8 million highway heist may have... More »

$4M in Gold Stolen in Highway Heist

I-95 bandits forced guards to walk into woods

(Newser) - Highway robbery in North Carolina: Police and the FBI are probing a heist on Interstate 95 Sunday night in which around $4 million in gold was allegedly stolen from a truck. Two armed security guards who were transporting the gold from Miami to Massachusetts say that after they pulled over... More »

'Tiger Lady' Murder Case Gets Second Life

Police release new sketches of woman found by New Jersey interstate

(Newser) - Police are hoping that new sketches of a woman known only as "Tiger Lady" will help solve a cold case that has gone unsolved for 23 years, the Star-Ledger reports. The woman's partly decomposed body was discovered beside I-80 in Knowlton Township, NJ, on Oct. 26, 1991, stripped... More »

Man's Prank on Sister Snarls Traffic for Hours

Brother pretends there are explosives in sister's car

(Newser) - A man's prank call to his sister resulted in the closure of an interstate highway in California yesterday. During the afternoon, the man called up his sister anonymously to warn her that there was a bomb in her car, 10News reports. She pulled over on I-15 and called 911,... More »

Feds Ban Texting by Truck, Bus Drivers

Under rules, effective immediately, fines run as high as $2,750

(Newser) - Drivers of trucks and buses who text behind the wheel will be subject to thousands of dollars in fines, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today. The federal prohibition, which takes effect immediately, applies only to commercial vehicles. But distracted driving is one of LaHood's top issues, CNN reports. "This... More »

4 Killed in Md. Highway Copter Crash

Commercial helicopter bursts into flames after crashing into interstate

(Newser) - All four people on board were killed when a helicopter crashed into an interstate highway in western Maryland last night and burst into flames, AP reports. No cars were hit as the commercial helicopter smashed into the I-70. Witnesses say the helicopter appeared to be trying to land on the... More »

Next Recession Victim: Highway Rest Stops

Drivers left crossing their legs as states close pit stops to save cash

(Newser) - The pit stops along American highways are starting to go the way of the Pony Express as states slash their budgets, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some states argue that the mushrooming of gas stations and motels at interstate exits make the rest stops obsolete, but American Automobile Association officials... More »

I-5 Reopens After Gruesome Pileup

Authorities still have not identified the victims

(Newser) - Some California I-5 lanes reopened today after Friday's massive 15-truck pileup, but police still haven't assessed blame for the blaze. One trucker phoned a friend after slamming into a semi in the tunnel, the Los Angeles Times reports; he described a fire, vehicles exploded and the line went dead. Police... More »

California Ranked Worst for Traffic

New Jersey boasts poorest road system

(Newser) - California ranks No.1 in the US for interstate traffic jams, says a new study which focused on congestion around big cities. With traffic snarled on 83.3% of its urban roadways, the Golden State edged out runners-up Minnesota and New Jersey. Surprisingly, New York—gridlock central—only came in... More »

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