BOURNE, MASS. (WHDH) - The driver of a tractor-trailer that drifted off the road and through a utility pole in Bourne Saturday told police the crash was caused by a bird that flew through his open window and hit him in the head.
The violent crash, which was recorded on a fellow driver’s dash cam, occurred at around noon on MacArthur Boulevard. The 63-year-old driver being ticketed for reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stay in his lane, Bourne police said in a post on their Facebook page.
Police said it was “very lucky” that no one was injured in the crash, which snapped a utility pole in half and sent the sparking power box flying onto the ground.
Investigators reviewing the video recording said it does not support the driver’s claim about the bird hitting him in the head and shows that the vehicle, which was towing 12,000 gallons of unleaded fuel, “did not swerve and instead slowly traveled across multiple lanes without braking.”
Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep. The crash is under investigation.
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