INDIANAPOLIS — A family ran into an unusual and unexpected object in Indiana on Tuesday when a 30-pound turkey crashed through the car windshield. Officers with the La Porte County (Ind.) Sheriff’s Office were called to an area of U.S. 20 about 25 miles west of South Bend, Ind., after a family hit and killed a turkey in flight, said Capt. Michael Kellems with the sheriff’s office. Kellems said four turkeys were flying north-to-south across the roadway when one was struck by a GMC SUV heading westbound. No one in the car was seriously injured, but police said the impact killed the bird. Kellems said wild turkey mating season could explain why more birds are noticeable. It’s common to see a deer-versus-car but uncommon to have a turkey do this kind of damage to a vehicle.
Turkey season opens here in Michigan in a few weeks, and the birds will be in the same “mating” pattern as the Indiana birds. So if you see a flock next to the road use caution when approaching them. As you can see from the photo “A bird in the windshield is not as good a s a bird in the bush!” Be aware while driving our state roads as turkeys can be found in every county!