Bucks Co. drivers warned: 'ZOMBIES AHEAD'

March 24, 2009 4:11:33 AM PDT
Some Philadelphia-area motorists may have thought they blundered into a hokey horror movie set, but they're just the latest victims of a new form of outdoor computer hacking. For a while on Sunday night, what was originally a bridge construction warning sign on Route 212 in Richland Township, 35 miles north of Philadelphia, instead read ominously, "ZOMBIES AHEAD."

Spokesman Gene Blaum says the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is investigating how someone could break the locks, get at the controls and change the message.

But such instructions have been posted on Web sites in recent months, and similar pranks are being reported from Texas to Australia.

Blaum says officials fear warning-sign tampering could endanger motorists. The four-month Route 212 bridge closing started on Thursday, and the sign has now been removed.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.phillyburbs.com

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