Critters cause traffic jam in Nebraska; drivers told to stay alert as seasons change

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraska State Patrol is urging drivers to stay alert as wildlife is on the move.

The message comes after troopers captured some critters causing a traffic jam out west.

They say animals are adjusting to the changing seasons.

Drivers are asked to keep an eye out for deer, elk, antelope and anything else that may wander into the roadways.

According to data shared by the state, there were 2,558 reported animal-related motor vehicle crashes in 2017 alone.

They caused 216 injuries.  The National Safety Council also says the economic costs for crashes involving animals was more than $20 million in 2015.

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