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Published: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 4:22 p.m.

Road crew paints yellow line over dead raccoon

  • A dead raccoon that Sean McAfee saw with the road dividing line painted over it. McAfee stopped his motorcycle to take the picture on Franklin Road in...

    Sean McAfee

    A dead raccoon that Sean McAfee saw with the road dividing line painted over it. McAfee stopped his motorcycle to take the picture on Franklin Road in Johnstown, Pa., on Aug. 2.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The "squirrelly" configuration of a western Pennsylvania road helped cause a state road crew to paint a double-yellow line over a dead raccoon.

Motorcyclist Sean McAfee snapped a photo of the mistake before it could be cleaned up and submitted it to the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown.

He said he almost crashed, he was laughing so hard.

PennDOT spokesman John Ambrosini says paint crews usually have a foreman on the job who clears away any dead animals before the paint-spraying truck equipment passes by. This crew didn't have a foreman and the equipment was too big to turn around in traffic, remove the animal and repair the paint. He said the "the squirrelly geometry" of the narrow road didn't help.

But the crew did try to stop the paint gun.
Story tags » Animals

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