Tewksbury Woman Impaled By Spike, In Stable Condition
Sep 06, 2015 03:42PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
One of the two fire engines purchased by the Tewksbury Fire Department to add to their fleet. Photo courtesy of Tom Cooke.
According to Fire Department Lt. Joe Kearns, the accident took place just before 2 p.m. The victim, whose name is not being released, was doing some work on a timber retaining wall in her backyard when the wall collapsed. A spike from the wall impaled the woman in the lower portion of her right leg.
"It didn't hit her knee or her shin, it just went into the flesh," said Kearns.
Emergency crews responding to the scene brought in special equipment to cut the spike, which was still attached to a portion of the wall. When the spike was cut, the portion on the spike in the woman's leg, about 2-3 inches, fell out on its own, according to Kearns.
The woman was transported by ambulance to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen for treatment.