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Turkey takes flight and crashes into motorcyclist, killing him, Michigan sheriff says

A wild turkey walks through a residential neighborhood in Mass. in this file photo.
A wild turkey walks through a residential neighborhood in Mass. in this file photo. AP

A flock of turkeys was crossing the road in front of a motorcyclist when one of the birds took flight, the Detroit Free Press reported.

That turkey flew into the 70-year-old motorcycle rider’s chest, causing him to crash in Southeast Michigan over the weekend, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said, according to Michigan Live.

The man, of Oxford Township, lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail, where his left leg was severed below the knee,” the Associated Press reported.

He was taken to a hospital and died of his injuries, the Free Press reported.

“The man was wearing a helmet and other protective clothing at the time of the crash, and authorities do not believe alcohol played a factor,” Michigan Live reported.

The crash is still under investigation, according to the AP.

This isn’t the first time a turkey has caused a crash.

Last month, in Massachusetts, a turkey crashed into a driver’s windshield while she was driving, the Sandwich Police Department said. The driver had “minor injuries from broken class.”

And last year, in Wisconsin, a 60-year-old motorcyclist crashed after a turkey ran from a ditch and into the motorcycle, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The driver had life-threatening injuries after the collision.

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