Living in a rural area, I’ve had to trap my share of nuisance coons, and I can say without reservation that I’ve never, ever encountered a raccoon with a yellow streak. When cornered, they’re pretty damn fierce. But Pennsylvania raccoons? They’ve definitely got a yellow streak.

While repainting traffic lines, road crews in Pennsylvania inadvertently laid a fresh coat of yellow paint over an unforeseen obstruction. A dead raccoon, seen by motorists earlier this week, was caught beneath the paint gun of the crew’s vehicle. A motorcyclist, Sean McAfee, noticed the coated road kill on his way home from work and took a photo of the flattened critter covered with yellow paint. “When I saw it, I almost wrecked my motorcycle because I was laughing so hard,” McAfee told The Tribune-Democrat.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the accident was unavoidable. “They did try to stop the paint gun,” traffic engineer John Ambrosini told The Tribune-Democrat. “But with the amount of congestion Thursday, the squirrelly geometry of the road and the size of the equipment, they couldn’t turn around to go back and fix the mistake.”

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