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    Man impaled on steel pole

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    Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by Steph on Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:50 pm

    Lorry driver Jason Ripley was almost killed when he was impaled on a pole which came within inches of piercing his heart.

    The pole smashed through the windscreen of his truck and continued through his chest.

    The father-of-two remained conscious long enough to telephone his disbelieving boss to say: "I've had a bit of an accident."

    Mr Ripley, 39, said he owed his life to paramedics who airlifted him to hospital.

    The delivery man was taking timber to engineering firm Henry Williams, in his home town, Darlington, when he collided with a steel horizontal barrier in August last year.

    He told The Sunday Sun in Newcastle: "I just didn't see it at all. It went straight through my chest and out the back. There was seven or eight feet of pole sticking out.

    "I just thought it was pinning me. I thought it was digging into my flesh but that was it. When I looked down I realised it had gone straight through I was very shocked. It was only two or three inches away from my heart. I was just staring up at the sky, thinking that's it, I'm going to die, I'm not going to see anyone again."

    As Jason resigned himself to dying, his thoughts turned to his partner Helen Todd, 38, and sons Joshua, 19, and Jay, 11.

    Fire crews cut a section of the pole away, before a helicopter from the Great North Air Ambulance arrived to take him to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

    Within minutes, he was put into the hands of doctors who put him into an induced 24-hour coma. Surgeons cut into his ribs and slid the barrier out from the side, under his arm. He had to have one rib removed and another two bound together. Within months of the accident, he had returned to work.
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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by Steph on Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:50 pm

    now that is one lucky bloke!!!!
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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by ColdWater on Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:52 pm

    Well look up luckiest people on earth in youtube. You will much more lucky poeple
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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by TheILJ on Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:04 am

    but still he is so lucky
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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by Steph on Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:49 am

    I wasn't aiming for a contest on who's the luckiest person etc.... I was making my point that i think this guy is very luck to still be alive, esp when the pole missed his heart by a few iches.
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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by Smooth Criminal on Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:24 am

    Really disgusting thaty - made me sick reading it lol

    Lucky man.... least he's still alive...


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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by Steph on Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:10 am

    be glad you didn't see the photo...
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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by Smooth Criminal on Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:27 am

    There was a photo as well? i don't think i wanna see it.


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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by Steph on Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:29 am

    yeah there was a photo from the accident site of him with the pole impaled in his chest
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    Re: Man impaled on steel pole

    Post by ColdWater on Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:56 am

    I told this story to my class.
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