Sean McAfee of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, did a double take on his way home from work late last week.
“When I saw it, I almost wrecked my motorcycle because I was laughing so hard,” McAfee said.
According to a PennDOT spokesman, the incident Thursday, while embarrassing, was unavoidable.
“They did try to stop the paint gun,” District 9 traffic engineer John Ambrosini said.
“But with the amount of congestion Thursday, the squirrelly geometry of the road and the size of equipment, they couldn’t turn around to go back and fix the mistake.”
Ambrosini said a foreman vehicle usually travels in front of or behind the painting vehicle to clean up or move any obstructions.
But that morning there was no accompanying foreman vehicle.
The paint crew saw the dead critter, he said. But it was too late to stop the double yellow lines from running up the back of the raccoon.
A two-foot break in the lines shows where the crew apparently tried to avoid the deceased animal.