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Alligator Stops Traffic on Hwy 59

Motorist stops to snap a call phone photo of the gator Motorist stops to snap a call phone photo of the gator
Alligator found dead in front of rest stop south of Diboll Alligator found dead in front of rest stop south of Diboll
Passersby document the unusual "road kill" Passersby document the unusual "road kill"

Diboll (KTRE) - Texas motorists are used to seeing all kinds of road kill, but this morning was a different story.

Motorists traveling Highway 59 south of Diboll got a big surprise when they saw a huge alligator on the side of the road in front of a rest stop. 

Some drivers headed north of 59 had to make a U-turn to go back to make sure their eyes weren't playing tricks on them.  Others headed south on 59 stopped to see what the commotion was all about.   People whipped out their cell phones making calls and taking pictures.  This was a gator tale that was sure to get bigger and bigger as the day went on. 

Even when East Texas News received a call about the fuss, we were skeptical.  Nonetheless, we jumped in a vehicle and headed towards Diboll hoping to catch the action.  Sure enough, there it lay, stretched out with what was left of it's head pointed east. 

It was apparent the alligator must have ventured too far from a nearby slough and tried to cross the road when something, probably an 18 wheeler or some other big vehicle ran over it. 

We couldn't find any witnesses to the collision, however, people on the scene were quick to speculate.  One man said, "From the looks of it, it's fresh."  We took that to mean that the alligator was killed some time this morning, probably just before 7 a.m. 

Another man snapped a few pictures with his cell phone and then his curiosity got the best of him.  He decided to "step off" the gator to try and determine how long it was.  He figured it to be between 12 and 15 feet long. 

Another driver in a car bearing Louisiana license plates said to us as he was leaving, "What a waste.  That alligator tail would have been some good eating."

Note:  Tonight on the East Texas News hear what one local game warden has to say about gators in East Texas. Remember if you spot news as it's happening, upload your videos or photos to See It, Snap It, Send It.

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