'Airbone' Turtle Lands in Car Backseat After Crashing Through Windshield

An "airborne" turtle crashed through the window of a car driving along a Florida highway after the animal was launched into the air when it was hit by a tractor-trailer.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the St. Lucie County Fire District in southeastern Florida said that it received a call at around 5:00 p.m. alerting them to a crash on the Florida Turnpike near Mile Marker 176.

After officers responded to the scene they discovered that a turtle had crashed through a vehicle's windshield after a tractor-trailer hit the edge of it causing the animal to "go airborne."

The authorities confirmed that the turtle landed in the backseat of the vehicle after crashing through its windshield and said that both the driver and animal were unharmed in the incident. The turtle was later released safely back into the wild.

The National Wildlife Federation states that turtles often die on roads across the U.S., as in spring and summer they can travel miles along highways "between habitats to find food, nest sites and mates."

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The federation also explains that turtles often like to "bask on warm pavement and nest in roadside gravel," which can lead to them being struck by vehicles.

The organization urges people to not move turtles to different spots on a road and advises to report an injured one "to a wildlife office or take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center, but note the turtle's location so it can be returned there after treatment."

Friday's incident came just a few months after a turtle crashed through the windshield of a different vehicle on Florida's Interstate 95 in April, causing a 71-year-old passenger to suffer a gash on her forehead.

The passenger and the driver avoided serious injury in the incident and the turtle was released back into the wild by the authorities after it only suffered a few scratches to its shell. The authorities believe that the turtle was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross the road.

"I swear to God this lady has the worst luck of anything," the driver told The Daytona Beach News-Journal about her 71-year-old mother, while a dispatch supervisor described the incident as "crazy."

A similar incident occurred in 2016 at a nearby stretch of highway when 38-year-old Nicole Marie Bjanes was hit by a turtle that crashed through her windshield while driving west on Interstate 4.

According to the News-Journal, Bjanes received a cut on her forehead in the incident, but was not seriously injured and even said that she wanted to keep the turtle.

Turtles are not the only animals to have shocked passengers after flying through windows recently, as a dramatic video in Virginia in April showed a deer go through the front windshield of a school bus before landing on a student who was asleep.

In March, a deer crashed through the window of a Wisconsin nursing home, before being transported back to its natural habitat after only suffering from "a couple of small cuts."

Newsweek has contacted the St. Lucie County Fire District for comment.

A turtle walking along a road.
A stock image of a turtle. An "airborne" turtle crashed through the window of a car driving along a Florida highway. Mark Kostich/Getty