A 32-year-old man in Wuhan is lucky to be alive after a steel bar was rammed into his chest cavity, just one centimeter away from his heart, during a car accident.
The driver, surnamed Song, rear-ended a loaded platform lorry, sending six long steel bars flying into his windshield. While five of the poles poking through the glass stopped just short of Song’s body, one managed to penetrate his chest, passing dangerously close to his heart.
A man in the front passenger seat, surnamed Hu, was stabbed by one of the bars in his shoulder, according to news reports, while a passenger in the backseat was injured as well.
Firefighters had to remove the car window and use both a toothless saw and hydraulic tongs to cut the steel bars before sending the men off to the hospital at around 4:00 a.m.
In a rather cringe-worthy detail, doctors even extracted a golden necklace from Song’s wound after it had gotten wedged in there during the accident.
The patients are no longer in critical condition and are recovering.
by Maggie Wong
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