‘Never in trucking history’

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Updated Dec 14, 2009

Such was the estimation of Jerry Spires of Spires Trucking in Miramar in South Florida, when he was called on by Associated Press reporter Scott Sonner to comment on a Golden Eagle that crashed through the windshield of one of his trucks. Piloted by Matthew Roberto Gonzalez of Opa Locka, Fla., the rig was rolling down I-80 in Nevada, “>about 60 miles west of the Utah line,” wrote Sonner, when Daryl Young, Gonzalez’ codriver asleep in the bunk, “heard a loud thump like a brick or something coming through the glass,” Young told Sonner. “I woke up, and the windshield was all over me. Next thing I know there was a big bird lying on the floor.”

The eagle survived, and AP photos of rescuers (and at least one of the truck) are available
Of the aftermath, here’s a tidbit from the AP story:

“>’The guys in the truck immediately bailed out because it was one ticked off bird. She was pretty feisty,’ [Nevada Department of Wildlife Spokesman Joe] Doucette said. ‘Even the officer who responded didn’t want to go in there so we had one of our wildlife biologists do it.’

“>The eagle was recovering at the Northeast Nevada Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Spring Creek, and Doucette said the goal was to release it back into the wild.”
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