BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A woman escaped serious injury Wednesday, April 17, about noon when a wild turkey crashed through the windshield of her SUV on Interstate 94 about two miles east of Barnesville.
The bird hit the windshield right in front of the driver, but Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported that Nicole Clayton, 47, of Fergus Falls, Minn., had only minor cuts from the windshield glass.
The turkey ended up inside the SUV and died, Grabow said. He didn't know how fast the woman was driving when the incident occurred.
The Barnesville Police Department, which also responded to the crash, said it could have been a devastating crash, but that Clayton was in good spirits. Police said they were happy to report that she could find some humor in the incident.
In a Facebook post, police offered this pun-laden message: "With permission from the driver, we gobbled up a few pictures of this fowl incident to share how devastating it can be to collide with one of these birds. Not to peck the issue to death, but we really stress to drive slow and watch for animals. It can really ruffle your feathers to have this much damage done to your vehicle."
The department also issued a serious warning to drivers to watch for wildlife, noting that it was the spring breeding season and that wildlife might not be as cautious as normal.