An Emerson family got a 30-pound surprise as they traveled back to New Jersey from Indiana after visiting the University of Notre Dame.

According to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office, the Taraboczhias family hit a turkey with their rental car while traveling west on Route 20. The bird flew into the center of the windshield, fatally impaling itself.

"Fortunately the family only suffered minor cuts from the glass," the police department wrote.

It said mating season for wild turkeys "means that they are often on the move and can be as hazardous as deer."

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