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John McCartney and Herald staff | jmccartney@heraldnet.com
Published: Monday, October 1, 2012, 9:28 a.m.

Starlings vs. car -- birds lose

VIENNA -- Ever wonder what would happen if that flock of starlings that suddenly materialized in front of you on the highway didn't get out of the way in time? A driver in Austria knows.

A mass collision between a flock of starlings and a car on a stretch of Austrian expressway Monday left up to 100 of the birds dead and the driver shaken but unhurt.

The Austria Press Agency says the birds suddenly flew from power lines above the multi-lane highway in western Austria downward and directly into the path of the car.

The report did not say how fast the car was traveling Monday, but the speed limit on Austria's autobahns is usually close to 80 mph.

The car sustained numerous dents. Cleanup crews quickly removed the dead birds.


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