It was quite the rescue on Madison’s east side Wednesday night, after a passenger in a speeding car was impaled by a chain link fence post. After striking the fence, the car hit a tree in the Atwood Avenue area. Madison firefighters and first responders had to extricate the 20-year-old man, in single digit temperatures.
“It was a pole, approximately seven feet long and two inches in diameter, that had penetrated through the windshield of the car,” said MFD Division Chief Rich Kinkaid. “It entered the patient’s left chest area and exited through his back.”
The victim was freed after 25 minutes and taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery and is expected to be okay. “We don’t see an impalement like this that often,” Kinkaid said. “It’s only the second one of my career of 30 plus years.” The driver of the car was arrested .