ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A driver said she got quite a scare behind the wheel after a goose flew right through her windshield on Wednesday.

Shannon Jergenson of Golden says she was driving along Highway 76 when she saw some birds off into the distance trying to take flight and the next thing she knew one smacked right into her windshield.

“The bird came up and just went ‘bam,’ right into my windshield,” Jergenson said. “I turned my head and when I opened my eyes the bird was … its head just kind of fell over.”

After the goose impaled Jergenson’s windshield she turned her head to stop glass from hitting her face.

“I could barely see because the windshield was mangled.”

Jergenson was driving about 50 miles per hour when the bird came at her window. She was able to pull over along Highway 76. She’s thankful there were no drivers directly behind her.

She only suffered a small scratch. The windshield shattered, but left behind a fine dusting of glass that took Jergenson several hours to remove.

“I didn’t know how much glass was on me until I got home and (saw) all (my hair) was just full of glass,” She said. “I took my hair down and could justhear the glass falling,” she said.

Somehow she still managed to make it to work — just a few hours late.

“Freak accident, you know, complete freak accident, and I’m still (shaken) up by it. I have to now talk myself into starting my car now,” Jergenson said.

The Colorado State Patrol told Jergenson she did the right thing — stayed the course, she didn’t swerve and kept her hands on the wheel. They say they’ve never seen anything like it.


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