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Locals flabbergasted after VDOT simply paints over dead raccoon in road

Posted at 8:55 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 15:18:02-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. --  Recently, a concerned CBS 6 viewer took a snap shot of some shocking road work she spotted on Route 460 through Prince George County.

About a mile east of where Route 156 intersects with 460, she discovered a dead animal in the middle of the road --- but with the yellow stripe of road work running over him.

"It never should have happened," said Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Lindsey LeGrand, who added, "We're going to look into this particular incident."

Hundreds of cars passed by the dead raccoon with yellow marks.

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Crews doing  pavement marking applications  usually do them during the day, says LeGrand, not when it's dark and hard out to see the road.

Similar incidents have happened in other states, but LeGrand says there is no record of this ever happening in Central Virginia.

"We're proud to work on Virginia's roads every day and the end result here was just inconsistent with the quality of work that we strive to provide Virginian's everyday."

Those who saw pictures taken by CBS 6 expressed disbelief at the situation.

One man says "Oh wow, they painted right over the top of an animal, instead of picking it up?!"

"That's awful, why would they do that," one young lady said quizzically.

After CBS 6 called VDOT to inquire about the  paint-splashed raccoon, a crew was dispatched to remove the animal carcass and to fix the yellow markings on the road.

"Which means we pay for it twice," said a gentleman looking at a photograph. "Technically the job is done but it's not a good indication of the quality of work."