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Turnpike workers free deer hung up on fence

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 10 2014 04:39:14 PM CST
Deer stuck in fence
WASHINGTON TWP., PA. -

A Pennsylvania Turnpike employee freed a deer that had her leg caught in the turnpike's fence,  just south of the Lehigh Tunnel in northern Lehigh County late last week.

Turnpike officials received a call from someone driving on the turnpike about the stuck deer just before 2 p.m. Friday.

It took no more than 30 minutes to free the deer once that call was received, said turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo.

Duty officer Nathan Keel located the deer on one of the tunnel's surveillance cameras and dispatched a maintenance crew to see how they could help.

Turnpike maintenance worker Ricky Giordano first tried to use his hand to loosen the fence wire, but that didn't work. He went back to his truck and retrieved bolt cutters to cut the fence and free the doe's leg

"The deer seemed to be uninjured," said DeFebo. "She scampered off without any apparent ill effects."