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Bird-windshield crash

A 13-year-old boy was sent to Mercy Medical Center -- Sioux City after authorities say a bird flew into the passenger's side of the windshield of a 2016 Toyota Corolla traveling southbound on Interstate 29 near Elk Point, S.D. 

ELK POINT, S.D. -- A 13-year-old boy was transported to Mercy Medical Center -- Sioux City after a bird collided with a vehicle on Interstate 29, shattering a portion of the passenger side of the front windshield.

The incident occurred at 12:17 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes of I-29 a mile south of Elk Point. 

South Dakota Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan said the 2016 Toyota Corolla, which was occupied by a male driver and one male and one female passenger, was driving south when it struck what authorities believe was a pheasant. The boy was transported to the hospital for glass in his eyes. The other occupants were uninjured. 

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Mangan did not have information on the boy's condition. 

Car vs. bird accidents are relatively rare, Mangan said. 

"You don't usually see these things happen," he said. "Every now and then you'll see a pheasant hitting a vehicle."

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