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Flying axe narrowly misses car passenger on US motorway

An axe fell from a landscaper's dump truck and through the windscreen of a car in Massachusetts

Mark Molloy

Published 31/07/2014 | 21:50

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A passenger in the car was left "shaken up" after an axe crashed through the window Photo: Massachusetts State Police

A motorist and passenger had a narrow escape when an axe flew through the windscreen of a car.

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The male driver, who has not been identified by police, was on a busy motorway in Massachusetts when the tool smashed through the front passenger side of his vehicle.

A female passenger was left "shaken up" by the incident but escaped unhurt, a spokesman for Massachusetts State Police said.

The axe bounced out of a landscaper’s dump truck at around 11am on Wednesday, the police agency added.

“Thankfully, the axe only went halfway through the windshield,” Massachusetts State Police explained in a Facebook post.

 “The man whose car was struck was obeying the speed limit, driving about 65mph.

“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 driver of the truck was fined $200 (£120) for failing to secure the axe.

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