GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) — Thursday morning’s commute was slow for people traveling in Guilford County, specifically on I-40 west between the Mount Hope Church Red and Rock Creek Diary Road exits.
What caused the traffic snarl is not someting you see everyday — it was a dead bear.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirmed a driver hit a bear around 2 a.m. Thursday. The bear died, the driver is okay NCSHP confirms.
The bear was left on the side of the interstate until an N.C. Wildlife Biologist and someone with Guilford Animal Control was on scene to assist with the situation.
This is the second time in a week a driver has hit and killed a bear on an N.C. highway. Last week, a driver hit and killed a 600-pound bear in the eastern part of the state on Highway 64.