Sometimes when you're driving in Massachusetts, an axe might come flying through your windshield. THAT'S WHAT'S UP.
This photo comes to us from the Massachusetts State Police's Facebook page, where they say that a motorist driving on Route 95 near Topsfield nearly met with the business end of an axe that came flying off a landscaper's truck.
Thankfully, the axe only went halfway through the windshield. The passenger who is partially seen in the photo was shaken up (who wouldn't be?) but not injured. Trooper Joseph Risteen of the Newbury Barracks responded to the scene and cited the truck driver, who is from Peabody, for failure to secure cargo, which carries a $200 fine.
Two important lessons here: 1.) Contractors and all other motorists are reminded to properly secure items they are transporting, including tools, building materials, bicycles, canoes, luggage, furniture, beach chairs, and the like. 2.) The man whose car was struck was obeying the speed limit, driving about 65 mph. 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. Please remember those lessons. We are very thankful that this situation did not have a worse ending.
So yeah, that's maybe the scariest thing ever. Secure your axes, people!
Photo credit Mass. State Police
Hat tip to Justin!