Dozens of freshwater turtles from Lake Serene North in Hattiesburg, MS have been killed trying to cross US 98 to get to Lake Serene just south of the highway. The northern lake is being drained due to a malfunctioning valve which regulates the water level.
Many of the turtles are 20 or more inches long and as much as 8 inches high. The turtles themselves are in danger, but are also potentially dangerous of themselves as some are large enough to damage a vehicle. There is also the danger from drivers swerving to avoid the unfortunate beasts.
Public safety officials had not commented as of this post, but were taking an interest in the situation.
Additional information can be found at the Hattiesburg American.