Rush-hour traffic in Western New York has a way of causing people to have a lot of stress and anguish as they try to make their way home. An unfortunate incident with a car on a major highway in suburban Buffalo caused a lot more drama for commuters trying to make their way across town.

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WGRZ-TV provided some dramatic footage from their traffic cameras of a massive car fire in the westbound lanes of I-90 between the Kensignton Expressway and Walden Avenue during near 5 pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

That stretch of I-90, which is normally pretty congested with traffic during the evening rush hour, was brought to a near standstill due to this car fire.

The Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) issued a traffic alert advising drivers to find alternate routes home as it took police and firefighters several hours to bring the fire under control.

Eventually, the obstructions were removed from the highway and traffic was able to return to normal.

NYSDOT Looking for Winter Help

That stretch of the I-90 is maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation and officials from the DOT have put out an alert that they have several open positions available in New York that needs to be filled immediately.

There are more than 50 available jobs in the Buffalo area alone that need to be filled. These jobs include Mechanics, Maintenance Workers, Bridge Repair Assistants, and Engineer Trainees.

The Maintenance Worker Trainee position has a starting salary of $31,245, with that salary increasing to $34,831 after someone completes training. The Mechanic positions have a starting salary of $43,484, while the starting salary for the Engineer Trainee position is $56,604. All of the positions that have to do with vehicles require you to have a Class A or Class B New York State Commercial Drivers License.

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