Update: Bald Eagle That Survived Crashing Through Windshield Is Stable, Purdue Donates $2,000 For Care


Perdue Farms has donated $2,000 to help care for the eagle that survived crashing through the windshield of a Perdue rig on Friday, Feb. 12 on a Maryland highway in Worcester County.

An injured adult female bald eagle is receiving professional care at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc. in Newark, Delaware thanks to the support of Perdue Farms and one of its caring truck drivers.

“We’re delighted that Perdue Farms has offered to help us provide care for this eagle that collided with one of the company’s tractor trailers,” said Lisa Smith, executive director of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research. “She is in stable condition and eating on her own after suffering some internal injuries, and we are doing everything we can to keep her as stress-free and comfortable as possible to heal.”

“At Perdue, as a fourth-generation, family-owned American company, we are proud to support what we hope is this eagle’s return to the wild,” said Rich Hernandez, vice president of transportation and warehousing for Perdue Farms. “We are equally proud of our driver for his compassionate care of the bird, a national symbol of our country’s strength and freedom, until she could be relocated to the rehabilitation center.”

Perdue driver Wayne Hamilton encountered the eagle while en route to one of the company’s plants in Virginia. He suspects the eagle swooped down in pursuit of its prey before crashing through the driver’s side of his truck’s windshield, landing at his feet. Hamilton covered the bird with his jacket in an attempt to keep it calm while waiting for authorities to arrive to transport the bird to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research.


“I’ve been driving trucks since 1979 and never experienced anything like this before. It really shook me up,” said Hamilton, a Perdue driver since 1983. “I’m so thankful the bird survived, and that Perdue is helping with her recovery. The bald eagle is such an important symbol for our country. Hopefully, she can be fully rehabilitated and released back into her natural habitat.”

Smith said vehicle injuries accounted for 18.5 percent of all injured bald eagle cases at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research in 2020. She said they treated 81 bald eagles last year and this is the 14th eagle admitted to Tri-State this year. Once critically endangered, the bald eagle has made a comeback and was taken off the federally endangered species list in 2007.

“We’ve received numerous inquiries on the condition of the bald eagle. It’s always amazing to see how many people are concerned about our native wildlife,” said Smith. To donate for the care of this bald eagle or other patients at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, visit tristatebird.givingfuel.com/support.


Original Story

Just before 5:00, Friday afternoon rescue crews in Worcester County Maryland were dispatched to the 7200 block of Worcester Highway for reports of a traumatic injury.

While en route crews learned that Maryland State Police were on scene of an accident. Troopers reported that a Bald Eagle had flown through the windshield of a vehicle and struck the driver in the neck.

First State Update has learned that the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries to his chest and was treated and released from the hospital

This morning we learned that the bald eagle was transported by staff from Assateague State Park to a volunteer with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, Delaware. He was delivered to Tri-State this morning and is currently receiving treatment there, according to our source.

We will update this story when additional information becomes available.

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