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Family gets a shock when turkey crashes through windshield

In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 photo, a dead turkey remains lodged in the windshield of an SUV after it collided with the vehicle near Rolling Prairie, Ind.

Capt. Michael Kellems/LaPorte County Sheriff's Office via AP

In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 photo, a dead turkey remains lodged in the windshield of an SUV after it collided with the vehicle near Rolling Prairie, Ind.

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A dead turkey remains lodged in the windshield of an SUV after it collided with the vehicle near Rolling Prairie, Ind. (Capt. Michael Kellems/LaPorte County Sheriff's Office)

ROLLING PRAIRIE, Ind. (AP) — A New Jersey family traveling through northern Indiana got a shock when a 30-pound turkey crashed through their vehicle's windshield.

LaPorte County Sheriff's Office Capt. Michael Kellems says 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.

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

He says Tarabocchia and his three passengers suffered only minor cuts.

Tarabocchia tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/2ogrDWQ ) 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 family was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of South Bend.