Transcript of interview with Ronald “Rocky”
“Then there was another incident about the ducks.
Here it is, twenty-four lanes, traffic is horrendous. There’s a mommy
duck and about six little ducks, little ducks. . . the water is pouring down.
This duck and his [her] ducklings following him [her], decides to go from this
side entry all the way across the exit. Traffic is—and I see this is happening.
I get on the intercom. ‘Hold all traffic! Stop all lanes! Exit! Exit!
Supervisor, listen to what I’m saying! There’s a duck in the middle
of the—.’ Well, I want to tell you something: they all stopped the
traffic. Here’s this little duck—everything stopped! The duck and
his [her] ducklings were running across: tikka tikka tikka tikka. I think it
took maybe two minutes, because it’s a couple of hundred yards, maybe.
And they ran across, they got there safe. And I said, ‘Let ’em all
go! They’re across!’ The ducks went into the swamp and that was
funny. That made the Turnpike newspaper.”