Passenger survives being hit in the head by flying turtle

Gash caused by the turtle torpedo drew a lot of blood, but the woman was not seriously hurt

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA - APRIL 18: A turtle as seen on the course during the final round of the RBC Heritage on April 18, 2021 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.   Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP
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It’s not unusual for rocks and other debris to crash through a windshield and injure a driver or passenger — but a turtle?

A 71-year-old woman riding with her daughter on Florida's Interstate 95 suffered a gashed forehead Wednesday when a turtle smashed through the windshield of their car, striking her, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

The daughter pulled over and asked for help from another motorist. According to a 911 recording, both were surprised by what they found.

“There is a turtle in there,” the man can be overheard saying.

“A turtle!” the daughter exclaimed. “An actual turtle?”

The gash drew a lot of blood, but the woman was not seriously hurt. The turtle was likely crossing the interstate and was knocked into the air by another vehicle.

“I swear to God, this lady has the worst luck of anything,” the daughter told the 911 operator as she tended to her injured mother.

The turtle, on the other hand, had the best luck of anything — it only had a few scratches on its shell and was released back into the nearby woods, Port Orange police officer Andre Fleming said.

The turtle was not immediately available for comment.