July 30, 2014 9:32 pm

WATCH: Axe flies through driver’s windshield on Massachusetts highway


TORONTO- A motorist and passenger had a close call after an axe hurtled through their windshield on a Massachusetts highway.

The unsecured axe flew off the back of a truck on a highway near Topsfield, Mass., and broke the passenger-side windshield according to Massachusetts State Police. The blade of the axe came to a rest on the dashboard with the handle sticking out of the windshield.

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Police shared an image of the frightening incident, which occurred around 11 a.m. Wednesday, on Facebook.

Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Joe Risteen was the first to respond to the scene.

“She was very shaken. I asked her if she was injured, she said she wasn’t,” Risteen told NBC News. “The driver of the SUV said that he saw debris coming very, very quickly and didn’t have time to avoid it.”

The truck driver was cited for failure to secure cargo, which carries a fine of US$200. State police said it was fortunate the driver of the car was obeying the 65 mph speed limit at the time of the accident.

Police say the incident serves as a reminder to contractors and other drivers to secure tools, building materials, furniture and other items they are transporting.

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