Why Metro Traffic's John Brown is off the road

MetroTraffic's John Brown had a driving calamity last week:

One of his back discs decided to rupture as he was driving on the Schuylkill Expressway on his way back to the studios in Bala Cynwyd to do his PM rush-hour reports.

He lost all feeling in his left leg, his wife, Donna told me, adding that at least it wasn't his driving foot so he didn't tie up traffic. In pain, he drove home and waited in the car in the driveway for his wife to rush home from work. They headed to Bryn Mawr Hospital, though John had to drive because he couldn't get to the passenger seat.

Brown underwent four hours of surgery on Wednesday. Donna says the doc described the damage to the spinal nerves as six lanes on the expressway merged into one.

Brown is getting therapy and expects to be back in a few weeks.