Turkey shatters car windshield Tuesday morning

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From debris on the road to distracted drivers, there are many hazards lying in wait when drivers hit the road.

Another big hazard most are aware of is wild animals, but while drivers are keeping a close watch on the road and shoulder ahead, the wild hazard may be coming from above.

As two motorists on U.S. 287 found out, wild turkeys cause many accidents and some injuries, especially this time of year, their mating season.

A large turkey shattered the windshield of a car at U.S. 287 and Huntington Lane Tuesday morning.

Paramedics were called to make sure the occupants did not suffer injuries from flying glass, but injuries do not seem to be serious.

Although domestic turkeys are flight challenged, wild turkeys are accomplished flyers for short distances, and during mating season they are often flying around after their mates.

Law officers say a 30-pound turkey generates the force about 500 times the weight of the car when it hits the windshield, so it’s important to keep an eye out for these flying hazards.

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