Warn­ing after pheas­ant crash

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A LORRY driver had a lucky es­cape after a pheas­ant smashed through his wind­screen and landed in his lap.

The game bird died in­stantly when it shat­tered the glass and hit the stunned driver as he drove along the A429 in Glouces­ter­shire.

Cotswolds po­lice shared an image of the de­ceased bird on the floor of the lorry cab in a bid to warn other drivers of the dan­ger the clumsy fliers pose at this time of year.

The force said on Twit­ter: “A lorry driver was as­sisted by po­lice after a pheas­ant de­cided to fly across his path and spear through the win­dow into his lap!

“The driver was shaken up and the pheas­ant is now eat­ing all the seeds in pheas­ant heaven…”

Dr Joan Mad­den, of the Univer­sity of Ex­eter, said: “There may be a num­ber of rea­sons why pheas­ants are so com­monly killed on the roads, in­clud­ing their short flight dis­tances and rel­a­tively small brains.”

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