Axe Falls Off of Truck, Gets Stuck in Windshield of Car

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An axe fell off of a landscaping truck and hit the vehicle behind it. (Massachusetts State Police)

An axe fell off of a landscaping truck and hit the vehicle behind it. (Massachusetts State Police)

TOPSFIELD, Massachusetts — An axe became embedded in the windshield of a car in Massachusetts Tuesday after it fell off of a truck the vehicle was following.

The Massachusetts State Police say the accident happened on Route 95 in Topsfield just before 11:00 a.m. The axe wasn’t properly secured and flew off of a landscaping truck, hitting the vehicle behind hit.

The axe only went partway through the windshield and there were no injuries but police say the passenger of the car was shaken up.

The driver of the landscaping truck has been fined $200 for failure to secure cargo.


  • Maverick76

    Glad the negligent landscaper was fine, or so we found. Still think the fine should’ve been steeper.

  • Michael Hickman

    don’t follow so closely, it would’ve not gone into the windshield, but would’ve landed and bounced on the road,, just sayin’ not blamin…. but why were they following so closely?

  • Jess

    Ok, sorry, fine should have been MUCH higher!
    Who says they were following hat close? First off, at interstate speeds, that axe is going to travel quite aways, plus you are traveling towards it. And, I drive a low profile car, it could have bounce, at that speed, and still hit my car. Plus, sometimes if traffic is heavy, you do end up following closer than you normally would. Wow, blame the victim! typical!

  • Chris

    Dear Writer,

    The object in the windshield is called a hatchet. An axe is larger and has a longer handle. I am glad no one was injured in this accident.

  • Bill

    A hatchet falling from 8 feet would only take about .7 seconds to hit the ground. A car traveling at 60MPH will only travel about 1.02 feet per second and about .714 feet in the time the hatchet is falling. So the hatchet must have bounced. People make mistakes so we should stop looking to blame someone and we should all be careful on the road.

    • Jonathan

      1.02 feet per second? Check your math. The unit converter on my phone says that 60 mph equals 88 feet per second. Also remember that the hatchet doesn’t fall straight down, as it was released from a moving vehicle and therefore continues to travel forward at first before gravity begins to take over, which will keep it airborne longer.

      • marcopolish

        The hatchet was travelling at a horizontal vector at the same speed as the truck and probably the car. But it could not have decelerated at sufficient speed horizontally to create a sufficient horizontal speed differential to cut glass, and could not have decelerated sufficiently relative to the car either…it had to have bounced back up and in the time between launch and bounce up, decelerate horizontally to make horizontal impact sufficient to divide the glass. So I guess that DOES mean the hatchet had to have bounced, therefore no fault to the following driver. But it does sound like the perfect math/physics problem: “A truck is driving down the road at 62.75 mph when a bump launches an unsecured hatchet…

  • JTF

    Yes and no Jonathan, the vertical acceleration is independent of the horizontal speed, so whether it is moving horizontally or not, it will hit the ground at the same time. Variation of the “monkey on the cliff problem” on physics exams.

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