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Axe flies through windshield

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TOPSFIELD, Mass. -- An "axe-cident" on Route 95 in Topsfield left the passenger of a car shaken up but uninjured after an axe dislodged from a dump truck in front of her car.

State Police say that a landscaper driving the dump truck had not secured the axe in the back of the truck, which also contained other items. The axe ended up breaking the windshield of the car driving behind the truck, lodging blade-first into the car.

The driver of the truck, a man from Peabody, Mass. was cited $200 for failure to secure cargo.

Police say that contractors and all other motorists are reminded to properly secure items they are transporting, including tools, building materials, bicycles, canoes, luggage, furniture, beach chairs, and the like.

They wrote on their Facebook page: "The man whose car was struck was obeying the speed limit, driving about 65 mph. If he had been speeding, the increased velocity of his car would have increased the power of the axe's impact, meaning it could very well have gone through the glass and injured his passenger. Please remember those lessons. We are very thankful that this situation did not have a worse ending."

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