11ft alligator blocks traffic on Florida freeway

By Zoe Sottile, CNN

Just when you thought rush hour couldn’t get any worse.

A giant 11-foot alligator wandered down State Road 417 in Florida on Wednesday morning, blocking traffic for nearly an hour, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

The “mobile speed bump” likely came from Lake Jesup, which is “a pretty alligator-populated lake,” Bob Kealing, public information administrator for the sheriff’s office, told CNN.

Lake Jesup, 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 11 footer that cruised out of Lake Jesup this morning and into northbound 417 traffic causing quite a traffic jam!” the sheriff’s office said the Twitter.

Kealing told CNN the alligator was on the road from about 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. local time, and it’s not uncommon to find wayward alligators blocking traffic in Seminole County. “It’s the time of year when the alligators are particularly on the move, it’s mating season,” he said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff arrived to move the alligator around 9 a.m.

Kealing advised motorists to always call 911 if they encounter an alligator on the road. “These are important beasts, they can cause significant damage if you don’t see them and run them over,” he said.

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