Turkey vulture crashes thru windshield injuring motorist on Route 80

The turkey vulture survived the impact

Keeping his eyes on the road wasn’t enough to keep a motorist out of trouble on Interstate 80 in north Jersey today. State police said a turkey vulture flew into the windshield as 35-year-old Jorge Hurtado’s minivan traveled eastbound on Route 80 in Parsippany. State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones said the bird struck Hurtado’s 32-year-old wife, Vanessa, in the face, causing minor cuts and sending glass in her eyes. She was taken to St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville for treatment.

The Hopatcong man told troopers the bird ended up on the middle seat behind him and was alive for a brief time. Trooper Brian Miller declared the vulture dead at the scene. Miller said Vanessa Hurtado requested that Eagle Towing remove the carcass so that it would not sit in the hot vehicle all day.

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