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Photo: Flying axe just misses woman on Mass. highway

The hatchet flew off a dump truck and went halfway through the windshield of a car behind it, nearly striking a woman in the passenger seat

TOPSFIELD, Mass. — A hatchet flew off a dump truck and crashed halfway through the windshield of the car behind it, striking the dashboard and narrowly missing a woman in the passenger seat.

Massachusetts State Police said on its Facebook page that she was “shaken up (who wouldn’t be?) but not injured.”

A landscaper driving the truck failed to properly secure the axe, and he was cited for failure to secure cargo, which carries a $200 fine. State police say he was obeying the 65 mph speed limit. Had he 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 the passenger.

“We are very thankful that this situation did not have a worse ending,” the post says. 

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