The driver of a tractor-trailer that drifted off the road and through a utility pole in Bourne Saturday told police the crash was caused by a bird that flew through his open window and hit him in the head. The violent crash, which was recorded on a fellow driver’s dash cam, occurred at around noon on MacArthur Boulevard.

The 63-year-old driver being ticketed for reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stay in his lane, Bourne police said in a post on their Facebook page.Police said it was “very lucky” that no one was injured in the crash, which snapped a utility pole in half and sent the sparking power box flying onto the ground.

Very lucky no one was injured during this crash that occurred on Saturday, April 21st, just prior to noon on MacArthur Blvd – Southbound. The 63 year old male driver of the tractor trailer unit was towing nearly 12,000 gallons of unleaded fuel when he said a bird flew inside the vehicle and struck his head causing him to swerve. After viewing this very high quality dash cam taken by another motorists, officers were unable to confirm the operator’s account of the accident, observing the vehicle did not swerve and instead slowly travelled across multiple lanes without braking. The operator was cited for Failure to Stay Within Marked Lanes and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Massachusetts State Police assisted with the investigation, Bourne FD extinguished the fire, and MassDOT assisted with debris and fuel cleanup. Various utility companies responded to repair the damaged poles and hydrant.

Posted by Bourne Police Department on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Investigators reviewing the video recording said it does not support the driver’s claim about the bird hitting him in the head and shows that the vehicle, which was towing 12,000 gallons of unleaded fuel, “did not swerve and instead slowly traveled across multiple lanes without braking.” Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep. The crash is under investigation.

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