Hundreds of Dead Birds Close Northbound I-95 in Maryland

Crew cleans up mess

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    Hundreds of birds mysteriously died Wednesday afternoon in Laurel, Md.

    Northbound lanes of Interstate 95 between Route 212 and Route 198 were closed so a Maryland State Highway Administration crew could clean up the mess.

    Maryland natural resources officials suspect a flock may have flown into a passing truck on Wednesday afternoon. State highway officials say power lines crossing over the highway may also be to blame. The dead starlings slowed traffic for several hours as highway crews used shovels to remove the birds from the roadway.
     
    The Department of Natural Resources says they don't believe the birds were poisoned. However, samples taken from the birds are being analyzed as a precaution.

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