How's this for a surprise: workers discovered a huge alligator near the train tracks on 35th Street in Tuscaloosa Tuesday morning.

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The massive gator was approximately 12 feet long and was dead by the time workers arrived.

Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Traffic Reporter "Captain" Ray Allen spoke with those on site and says the prevailing thought is that the gator died as a result of injuries sustained from being struck by a train.

Workers loaded up a dead alligator on 35th St. May have been run over by a train. But what was a gator doing on 35th St in the first place. Cap Ray. The Traffic Guy

Posted by Ray Allen on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Allen says the Moody Swamp isn't far from the scene of the accident, which may explain what the gator was doing in an industrial area.

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