11-foot alligator blocks traffic on Florida Highway 2022-04-30 01:02:35


A huge 11-foot alligator roamed State Route 417 in Florida Wednesday morning, disrupting traffic for about an hour, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Bob Kling, director of public information for the mayor’s office, told CNN that the “moving speed bump” most likely came from Jessup Lake, which is “a completely inhabited lake.”

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Lake Jessup, located in central Seminole County, is one of the largest lakes in Central Florida.

“Thank you to the media and LEO partners for spreading the word about this 11ft footer that wandered out of Lake Jessup this morning and into Northbound 417 traffic causing a huge jam!” The sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

Kling told CNN that the alligator was on the road from about 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. local time — and that it’s not unusual to find stray barricades blocking traffic in Seminole County. “This is the time of year when the crocodile is particularly mobile, it’s mating season,” he said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission employees arrived to transport the alligator around 9 a.m.

Keeling advised motorists to always call 911 if they encounter an alligator on the road. “These are big monsters, they can cause great damage if you don’t see one and run over them,” he said.