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PHOTOS: Turkey flies into windshield in northern Indiana

Posted: 1:11 PM, Mar 28, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-28 18:27:47-04
PHOTOS: Turkey flies into windshield in Indiana
PHOTOS: Turkey flies into windshield in Indiana
PHOTOS: Turkey flies into windshield in Indiana
PHOTOS: Turkey flies into windshield in Indiana

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. -- A New Jersey family received a big scare when a wild turkey flew into their windshield Tuesday morning.

According to a Facebook post from the La Porte County Sheriff's Office, the Taraboczhia family, from Emerson, New Jersey was driving west on U.S. 20 in La Porte County from Notre Dame. 

The family had been visiting the school and were in the process of driving back to O'Hare International Airport when the tom turkey flew into their rental car, a black 2016 GMC Yukon. It impaled itself in the center of the windshield. 

The 30-pound turkey was killed on impact. The family members suffered minor cuts from the broken glass.

Police warn that mating season for turkeys means they are often on the move and can be as hazardous as deer. Still, it is rare to see a vehicle strike a turkey.