WALTON, Ky. - A turkey is dead and a man is recovering from minor injuries after the bird flew into the path of a semi on northbound I-75 in Northern Kentucky Friday morning.
Police say the 8 to 10 pound turkey hit the windshield of the truck near the 168 mile marker in Walton just before 9:30 a.m.
The driver of the truck, James Stroo, 49, from Chicago, suffered cuts and lacerations to his face and hands. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence where he was treated and released.
After the collision, Stroo swerved his truck, but then regained control and pulled it to the left shoulder. The inside of his cab was littered with debris from the shattered windshield. Feathers were scattered on the pavement around his truck.
Officer John Inman, from the Kenton County Sheriff's Department, told 9News he has seen plenty of accidents involving deer. He added, that in his 10 years of service, he has never seen a crash caused by a flying turkey.
Stroo did not want to be interviewed, but officials at the hospital, say he joked with them about the incident saying he was a big city man from Chicago and he thought he might have some troubles on the road with wild animals in Kentucky.
Fans of the TV sitcom, "WKRP In Cincinnati", would find the following line appropriate. As God is his witness, Stroo now knows that turkeys, at least wild ones, can fly!
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