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TOPSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) -- Passengers in a car driving down Route 95 narrowly missed being struck by an ax Wednesday, said Massachusetts State Police.

Around 11 a.m. an ax flew off a landscaper's dump truck and struck the car behind it. Massachusetts State Police said the ax went partially through the windshield, but then stopped. The passengers were very shaken up, but not injured.

Troopers cited the truck driver from Peabody for failing to secure cargo, which carries a $200 fine. State Police said the car the ax hit was obeying the speed limit and driving about 65 mph. They said that if the driver had been speeding, the increased velocity of the car would have increased the power of the ax's impact, meaning it could have gone through the glass and injured the passenger.

Massachusetts State Police ask contractors and all other motorists to properly secure items they are transporting, including bicycles, canoes and beach chairs.

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