State Patrol: Don’t Rescue Animals on Busy Highways
A driver almost caused a crash while trying to rescue a bird last week on Interstate 394 near the Plymouth border. The Minnesota State Patrol released MnDOT video showing the driver pull over on a ramp and then cross several lanes to get to the bird.
The driver also tries to stop oncoming cars by waving his hands. Troopers say it’s a dangerous idea and could have caused a wreck.
“A lot of things can come with that, crashes, people getting hit by a vehicle, your vehicle that you stopped can get hit by another vehicle, those are all things that can happen and it can cause a disruption in traffic flow,” explained Lt. Gordon Shank with the Minnesota State Patrol.
Authorities say parking on a highway or interstate for a non-emergency is illegal.
The State Patrol says if you see an animal on a busy road, slow down and call 911.