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Montgomery County is suffering from a massive computer failure that's affecting it's traffic lights. While the lights are working, the system that coordinates them is not.

According to county spokesperson Esther Bowring, the county has one of the most advanced traffic management systems in the area. Not only are lights programmed for rush hour, there are hundreds of video cameras and a traffic plane that goes up every day to monitor traffic. A team of engineers uses that data in real time to control major intersections from a central computer system.

Not today. The computer seems to be sending signals, but the lights aren't receiving them. Nobody seems to know why.

Bowring said the cameras and traffic plane will still be used, and engineers are being sent out to manually change the timing at key intersections.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

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