Feeding vultures stop traffic on Schuylkill Expressway

April 7, 2011 2:41:47 PM PDT
Traffic backups along the Schuylkill Expressway are nothing new, but the jam on Thursday morning was quite strange.

Dozens of vultures landed on the side of the highway to feed on a dead deer.

It was a sight that stopped traffic.

"A bunch of birds, I guess they were vultures, they were feeding on something on the side of the road," said Shannon Maude of Conshohocken.

When the Action Cam arrived on the ground, they were still there - we counted 20 of the birds.

"They were just all over on the trees, all around, but I didn't see the deer," said Arlisa Randleman of Pottstown. "I was wondering why they were there."

People on social media contacted us saying: 'Hey, a deer carcass is backing things up!'

'Jennifer' posted on my twitter feed: "Want to talk stupid traffic delays? Vultures eating a deer carcass on I-76!"

Shannon McDonald posted on the Action News Facebook page: "It was disgusting, and made me late to work."

PennDOT removed the carcass on Thursday afternoon so that any future delays on the Schuylkill can't be blamed on the food chain.