LAUREL, Md. (CBSDC) — A scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie played out in real life along Interstate 95 in Maryland on Wednesday.

About a hundred dead birds were scattered across a stretch of the highway in Laurel near exit 33, likely victims of an impact with a vehicle.

“[European] Starlings are birds the fly around in pretty good size flocks,” said David Hellmeyer of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources told All-News 99.1 WNEW.

Hellmeyer said it’s pretty uncommon, but not unheard of for that species to be struck by vehicles.

The mess caused heavy congestion just before the afternoon rush got underway around 3 p.m. Some drivers says the delays spanned miles.

State highway officials were able to respond and clean up the mess fairly quickly.

The birds have been collected for testing to confirm the trauma was the cause of death.

Comments (2)
  1. Jamie Creel says:

    Hit by a vehicle my eye! You are CRAZY if you think anyone would believe that! Hundreds of birds hit a vehicle – REALLY! I don’t think so. There was something in the air that killed them. Birds DO NOT fly near a major highway that low to the ground to be hit by a vehicle. You are crazy to even suggest it.

  2. Carrie Lawn says:

    I live in Laurel on the Patuxent Greens golf course and that morning about 6:00 AM, there were giant flocks of birds that seemed to be flying in circles for several minutes followed by a flock of geese doing the same. I even commented to my husband that through our paladium window in the kitchen, it looked like something out of the “Birds”. The window faces South.

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