GazetteXtra Print Article Logo URL: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/Bald-eagle-with-broken-wing-rescued-after-causing-Veterans-Expressway-traffic-jam_162064277


Bald eagle with broken wing rescued after causing Veterans Expressway traffic jam

By Sara DiNatale
A bald eagle was rescued on the Veterans Expressway early Friday after hitting a car and breaking its wing. (Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife)

TAMPA — The traffic snarl that backed up Veterans Expressway at Hillsborough Avenue early Friday wasn’t because of a fender bender but a vehicle-on-bald-eagle collision.

The eagle was trying to snack on a roadside raccoon when it was hit by a car, according to the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife. The injured raptor is now in that sanctuary’s care after breaking its wing.

#Hillsborough Crash on SB Veterans Expy at Hillsborough Ave. Traffic is backing up. Leave early if you can or consider Dale Mabry.

— 10 News Traffic (@10NewsTraffic) October 27, 2017

Two Marines noticed what happened and reached out to animal rescuers, the sanctuary said on its Facebook page. It took the Marines, four Florida Highway Patrol officers and two animal rescuers to wrangle the injured bird and get it to safety.

The bird appears to be stable, but was getting checked out by veterinarians on Friday afternoon.

Contact Sara DiNatale at [email protected] Follow @sara_dinatale.