Close call: axe through windshield!

, Posted: Wed, July 30 2014 at 2:45 PM, Updated: Wed, July 30 2014 at 3:24 PM

Topsfield, Mass. --- (NECN)  A motorist traveling on I-95 South in Topsfield, Massachusetts, endured a frightening moment Wednesday morning when an axe struck their vehicle.

A landscaper driving a dump truck had failed to properly secure an axe in its rear cargo area.

The axe came loose, flew off the truck and became lodged in the windshield of a car traveling behind it, nearly striking a passenger.

The female passenger sat terrified in her seat after it all happened, with an axe lodged in the glass just inches from her face. She was covered in glass.

"She was very shaken up. I asked her if she was injured, she said she wasn't," said Lt. Risteen.

The truck driver was cited for the failure to secure cargo, which carries a $200 fine. 

State police say the axe would have completely penetrated the windshield if the car had been driving any faster. 

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