Flying turtle hurtles through air, smashes man's windscreen

An American man is shocked after his vehicle's windshield was shattered by a flying turtle.

John Gardner was driving to his work in the city of Conway in South Carolina on Tuesday (local time) when all of the sudden a turtle came flying at his vehicle.

It's believed the turtle was struck by another vehicle driving near him on the highway, hitting the animal at the precise angle that it flung it straight at Gardner's car.

"I still don't understand how it, like, the exact angle of that tyre, for it to just fling into my windshield," he said.

"Yeah, I was definitely surprised, because like, I couldn't even tell what it was at first because it's like, I guess just a big, black dot coming at me, and it's like, I couldn't move at all really," he said.

The man who hit the turtle realised what had happened and stopped to check on Gardner and make sure he wasn't hurt, but other than being covered in glass, he was fine.

The turtle, however, died upon impact.

Gardner believes it will cost roughly NZ$3000 to repair the windshield and broken wipers.