Turkey crashes through windshield, ends up as dinner for grateful family

Published: Nov. 28, 2014 at 12:05 AM CST|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Photo provided by Kameron Schrader
Photo provided by Kameron Schrader

ABILENE, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Wrecker operator Kameron Schrader helps get people out of sticky situations on the road, even during the holidays.

But on Thanksgiving morning, he got into one himself. He calls it an "unusual accident."

"It was very, very loud," Schrader said, "and I couldn't even tell you what was going on."

He was driving over a bridge outside of Abilene when the windshield on his Peterbilt wrecker shattered.

"I just had to get the truck stopped," he said, "and whatever it was off of my lap."

Schrader brushed off the glass shards and found a large bird unlike any he had ever seen before.

"By the time I got stopped, I realized it was a big ol' turkey," he said, "and then kind of started thinking about it being Thanksgiving, and it was kind of ironic."

Schrader was stuck with no windshield, in the cold, with a 30-pound holiday bird in his lap.

"Unfortunately, it had passed away already," he said. "I tried to clean up my truck a little bit, and actually stopped on the service road right next to some little houses."

But with a twist of fate, Schrader decided to turn his accident into a little Thanksgiving miracle.

"A little family came out and I asked them if they could use it," he said, "because obviously, there's nothing I could do with it. They were pretty excited, it was a pretty good-sized turkey, so he took it up to the house and I guess they got a turkey dinner out of it."

"Everybody has asked if I was okay, and then after that, just that it was hysterical," he said. "What are the odds of hitting a big ol' turkey on Thanksgiving?"

What started as a scary situation for Schrader is now an unforgettable tale.

"I got two little kids and a wife. I'll get home and eat some dinner and relax for a little while," he said, "and let this day wind down. I got a few more people I'd like to tell this story to."

Schrader reminds everyone to drive carefully as the Thanksgiving holiday comes to a close.

And to watch out for turkeys.

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