IDOT workers rescue bald eagle on side of road

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GLEN ELLYN, Ill. -- On Tuesday IDOT workers helped rescue an injured bald eagle off I-55 on Cass Avenue.

The bald eagle is recovering inside Willowbrook Wildlife Center. The center says it has head trauma, but no broken bones. The hope is that it will make a full recovery.

Chris Burgard and Jose Carnalla said they were driving on the ramp from I-55 to Cass Avenue when they saw something on the side of the ramp. They originally thought it was a tire, or piece of a car. But then it moved, and when they got closer, they saw it was a bald eagle.

They protected it from traffic for about an hour and stood by it to make sure it was safe while they waited for animal control.

Animal control brought the bald eagle to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center Glen Ellyn, Ill., where it was treated for head trauma.

The center believes the eagle is 4-5 years old and says it did have a band on his leg from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- so it has had previous human contact.

The staff plans to do a full medical work up on the bird Wednesday to see if there are any internal injuries.