Gaggle of geese cause mighty traffic jam on California freeway
Geese frequently create great confusion and cause a mighty traffic jam on a freeway near Berkeley and the East Bay, Officer Sean Wilkenfeld of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) acknowledged.
Oakland-based CHP officer Wilkenfeld explained that Interstate 80 (I-80) is only barrier between a pond near Berkeley and the East Bay, and local geese go straight across the freeway whenever they want to visit the bay after paying a visit to the pond.
In a similar occurrence on Sunday, a gaggle of geese caused a big traffic jam and a number of 911 calls. Speaking on the topic, Wilkenfeld added, “This isn’t our first rodeo with felonious fowl … It was obviously a spectacle. Everyone was stopping to look.”
When officers reached the scene, they found the birds waddling in the westbound fast lane after crossing the eastbound lanes and hopping over a 3-foot high center divider.
The officers closed the freeway for a short time, positioned their patrol cars as a kind of funnel leading the birds to an off-ramp toward the bay, and also corralled them onto the shoulder and pushed them to the off-ramp, clearing the freeway for traffic.
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