Man Crashes into Fence, Impaled by Pole, Lives


It's hard to call a man impaled by a pole lucky, but doctors say that is indeed the word to describe Andrew Linn.

Linn was driving in Las Vegas last Thanksgiving when he fell asleep at the wheel. He crashed into a chain-link fence, and the pole running along the top came crashing through his windshield -- then through his mouth and out the back of his neck (see x-ray if you don't believe it).

According to a report on, Linn was conscious when EMTs arrived, even trying to use his cell phone to call for help. 

Rescuers cut the pole at either end and rushed him to the hospital. There, doctors were able to remove the pole.

"It was amazing to see someone with a pipe through his face like that (who) is alive," Dr. Jay Coates said Tuesday. "Let alone someone who is awake and alert, and trying to communicate with us."

The pole destroyed Linn's palate and several teeth. But at least he's still alive.

"It's a real humbling experience," he said. "To think I lived through this. I should have died."


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