Goats clog Route 30 as Latrobe angler gets ‘whopper’ tale from unsuccessful fishing trip
Latrobe angler Kimberly Ranalla on Sunday headed home empty-handed after a fruitless steelhead trout fishing trip to the Erie area, but she ended up with a “whopper” — one she caught on video.
As Ranalla drove eastbound on Route 30 around Adamsburg, west of Greensburg, just after 2 p.m., a herd of goats darted out on the highway from a dirt road, clogging traffic for about a half hour.
“I was sort of disappointed driving back because I didn’t catch any fish, not even a single bite, but I certainly caught quite the sight with video proof of the goats running on the highway and everything,” Ranalla said.
About 50 goats ran into the roadway, she said.
“It was really crazy for a while,” Ranalla said. “… They like looked this way, then they looked that way, just like they were thinking, ‘Where the heck are we at?’ ”
Adamsburg firefighters were not called to area, Chief Don Thoma. State police in Greensburg did not issue a report on the incident.
Ranalla founded Miss Mayfly, a local fishing gear company mainly for women. The “mini-stampede” of goats temporarily halted traffic in both the eastbound and westbound lanes, she said.
“I looked over to the westbound lanes when we were stopped and people were pulled over there taking pictures. Behind us, I could see traffic backed up as far as I could see,” Ranalla said.
The goats were trapped in the eastbound lanes by the concrete median and continued trotting eastbound for a short period as some motorists exited their vehicles and tried to round them up. One motorcyclist, she said, attempted to scare the herd back down the dirt path by revving his motorcycle engine without success.
Then, as quick as the goats appeared on Route 30, they did an about face, ran west in the eastbound lanes, climbed a hillside and apparently made their way home.
Ranalla said she received a message later Sunday from the farmer that all of the goats made it back to the farm after she posted her video on a social media site.
The goat chase wasn’t the only unusual sight on her fruitless fishing trip, Ranalla said.
“I also saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile up in the Erie area on my way home which I also took a picture of… so the weekend wasn’t a total loss.”
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .