Imagine speeding down the highway and suddenly seeing an axe flying toward your windshield. It happened this morning to a driver in Massachusetts, who somehow was not hurt.
Massachusetts State Police say it was on Interstate 95 in Topsfield, which is north of Boston. They believe a landscaper in a dump truck failed to secure the axe, which flew off the truck and struck a car behind it.
The photo posted to Facebook is dramatic: The axe wound up lodged halfway through the windshield of the sedan, just inches from where a passenger was sitting.
"The passenger who is partially seen in the photo was shaken up (who wouldn't be?) but not injured," explained the MSP Facebook post.
The dump truck driver received a citation for failing to secure cargo, which carries a $200 fine.
Troopers said the incident is an obvious illustration of why drivers need to lock down loose items. But they also said it offers another reason not to speed.
The victim's car was going the posted 65 mph, and if he had been speeding, "the increased velocity of his car would have increased the power of the axe's impact, meaning it could very well have gone through the glass and injured his passenger," the post continued.
"We are very thankful that this situation did not have a worse ending."