David Yashar as one of many drivers caught in a recent late afternoon traffic jam caused by a pickup truck fire on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston. As a result, he said, he has lost faith in the value and reliability of the traffic notification system run by the state’s Transportation Department.
“I was headed westbound on the Mass. Pike between Route 93 and the Allston tolls,’’ he wrote in an e-mail. “The traffic was traveling at approximately 1-2 [miles per hour]. At one point, we sat parked for almost 1 minute.’’