On Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, work crews casually painted over roadkill in the middle of the street. Residents were in shock when they noticed the newly painted lines running across the deceased rodent’s body.
One family from the area said they witnessed the road crew reapplying paint to the double yellow lines and wondered if they would stop and rid of the roadkill.
Instead, residents came across animal carcasses in three different spots with fresh yellow stripes through them.
The city of Tulsa said in a statement the street crews did paint over the roadkill, but only because the striping truck only noticed the carcasses once it was too late. The traditional process however is to pick up anything in the street that does not allow for the solid line to be painted properly.
After being highly criticized for not picking up the carcasses, city officials sent crews back out to collect all the roadkill painted over, and fix the open spots on the road’s surface.
One resident who has lived there for 40 years claims the area constantly deals with roadkill of wild and domesticated animals.
“If the stripers stopped to pick up the roadkill on this road, there wouldn’t be any striping done,” Loren Lewis told a local television station.
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