Original article from Kent Live
There is currently very slow traffic in St Mary's Bay after an 'accident' which turned out to be an escaped bird.
The A259 High Street is partially blocked in both directions, with delays made worse by those heading to the coast to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.
There had been reports of an incident on the road, with live traffic updates service Inrix saying sensors confirmed an accident took place around the area.
However, reports on social media from those in the area reveal that traffic was actually stopped after a Rhea, an ostrich-like bird, reportedly escaped from a nearby field.
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Others suspected it was an accident after spotting an ambulance on the road, but those on social media who were at the scene reported the ambulance was stuck in the traffic as a result of the Rhea escape like every other vehicle.
One man said: "It was one of the Rhea from High Knocke farm escaped. The rescue services have got it now."
There are still severe delays on the road.
Inrix says: "A259 High Street in both directions partially blocked, very slow traffic due to accident and holiday traffic from Cobsden Road (St Marys Bay) to the Ocean Inn pub (Dymchurch).
"Delays have been made worse due to people from other towns heading towards the coast for the bank holiday."
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