Gary Jorgensen, a 62-year-old construction company owner from Union, Wash., reportedly swaddled an eagle in a safety vest and called 911 after hitting the protected bird with his pickup truck on Tuesday, April 5, on Route 16 near Tacoma, Wash.
|Washington State Trooper Russ Winger posted a photo on|
Twitter of Gary Jorgensen swaddling a bald eagle in a safety
vest after hitting it with his vehicle.
“This awesome raptor was flying too low this (morning) on SR16 and collided with a truck,” Winger tweeted. “Hopefully, we can save him.”
The eagle, which hit off Jorgensen’s windshield, later died at a rehab facility despite the driver’s best efforts.
Truck driver Dawn Gifford posted on Facebook in March that she hit a bald eagle while traveling near Ashton, Iowa. According to a report from KTIV, motorists alerted authorities to the injured bird.
The eagle was taken to Saving Our Avian Resources Rehabilitation Center. But in addition to the injury it suffered from the accident, the eagle was also suffering from lead poisoning and eventually needed to be euthanized.