Turkey Crashes Through Windshield in Indiana

ROLLING PRAIRIE, Ind. (AP) -
The dead turkey lodged in the windshield. (Capt. Michael Kellems/LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A New Jersey family traveling through northern Indiana got the shock of their lives when a 30-pound turkey crashed through their vehicle’s windshield.

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Michael Kellems said the flying bird collided Tuesday with the family’s rented SUV. The dead turkey was left lodged in the shattered windshield as driver John Tarabocchia of Emerson, New Jersey, pulled over along U.S. 20. Tarabocchia and his three passengers suffered only minor cuts.

Kellems says he has been an officer for 31 years and has “never seen something like that.”

Tarabocchia told The Indianapolis Star that his family was headed to a Chicago airport to return home after visiting his daughter at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. The incident happened about 25 miles west of South Bend.