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Family of Geese May be Responsible for Five-Car Crash

Chico, Calif. -- A mother goose and a few of her goslings were at the center of attention in Chico Thursday morning.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 3:15 PM

Chico, Calif. -- A mother goose and a few of her goslings were at the center of attention in Chico Thursday morning.

Chico fire officials believe the family is responsible for a five-car crash on Highway 99 near the Highway 32 on-ramp a little after 9:30am.

“We saw a mother goose and 3 or 4 little goslings walking down the freeway,” said Chico Fire Captain Chuck Fry.

It wasn't long after making their way on the freeway that cars began trying to avoid hitting them, which ultimately led to a five-car crash in the middle of the road.

“People were either driving down the freeway or coming on the freeway and saw these birds on the freeway, and they either stopped or tried to avoid them, which probably caused the accident,” he said.

He said two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

He said he's happy no one hit the birds, though they did cause problems for many people during their morning commute.

“This is spring time, when birds and animals are having babies, and this was the perfect example of a mother goose and her little goslings obviously trying to get from point a to point b but they can't fly right now, so they chose the freeway as their route to get to where they wanted to go.”

Fry encourages everyone to drive carefully and always be aware, because you just never know what could happen.

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