Crappie smashes into truck windshield

That was one unlucky crappie

South Carolina’s Barry Poff, a transport driver for Ward Transport and Logistics in Charlotte, N.C., was crossing Randleman Lake on I-73 near High Point when what appears to be an osprey dropped a fish into the truck’s path. The fish, which looks like a crappie when the video is slowed down, smacked into the windshield of the truck.

When captured by an osprey, fish will squirm in hopes of wiggling free. But it’s possible this osprey released the fish to lighten its load when it saw the oncoming truck to avoid colliding with it.

It’s not the first time a North Carolina driver has been hit by a fish. In 2019, Rhesa Walston of Washington, N.C. had a similar experience. A catfish smashed the windshield on her SUV after apparently being dropped by a bird. Click here to read that story.

This story first appeared as “Randleman Lake crappie crashes into truck” on April 24, 2021 at

About Brian Cope 163 Articles
Brian Cope of Edisto Island, S.C., is a retired Air Force combat communications technician. He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and has been writing about the outdoors since 2006. He’s spent half his life hunting and fishing. The rest, he said, has been wasted.

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