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A KCBS traffic reporter became part of the traffic report this morning when the small plane he was in made an emergency landing on an East Bay freeway -- causing a traffic slowdown.
No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 8:30 a.m. when the Cessna 172 apparently ran out of gas while en route to the Hayward municipal airport and landed on westbound Interstate 580 at Highway 238 in Castro Valley, authorities said.
With the help of a motorist who slowed cars on the freeway, the pilot managed to land in the far right lane and come to a stop in the right shoulder. No cars were hit, and a monumental traffic jam was averted, but traffic slowed as motorists gawked at the spectacle of the red-and-white plane on the freeway.
"We're more comfortable reporting the traffic than being in the traffic report, but that's what happened," KCBS traffic reporter Carl Thomas told anchors Susan Leigh Taylor and Stan Bunger live on the air shortly after the unconventional landing.