Driver speared by wooden stake SUR­VIVES ... Af­ter pole misses heart by inches

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AChi­nese truck driver had an in­cred­i­ble es­cape af­ter be­ing speared by a 6m wooden stake dur­ing a hor­ror­pile up. Li Feng, 40, was pinned to his cabin by the sharp­ened pole af­ter the smash in the city of Kaifeng, in China’s He­nan prov­ince.

But in­cred­i­bly he is now pre­dicted to sur­vive the or­deal af­ter doc­tors found the tim­ber had missed his heart by inches.

The multi-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent saw the lorry driven by Mr Li Feng crash into a ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing tim­ber.

Doc­tors found that the wooden stake had dam­aged the truck­ers’ stomach, spleen and left lung, but he sur­vived be­cause it missed his heart.

It took an­other four hours of op­er­at­ing to suc­cess­fully re­move the wood and doc­tors say that the man is now ex­pected to re­cover.

Chi­nese po­lice spokesman Li Wu de­scribed the hor­ror smash.

He said: “As a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent, sev­eral of the wooden poles that were stick­ing out over the al­lowed limit from the lorry in front, speared into the lorry be­hind and smashed into the cab.

“One of them went into the body of the driver who was pinned to his seat.”

Fire­men re­alised it was im­pos­si­ble to re­move the wooden stake so they sim­ply cut it free, un­fixed the bolts and took him in the am­bu­lance still pinned to the seat.

Fol­low­ing his treat­ment, Mr Li is now in a sta­ble con­di­tion but that he is likely to re­main in hospi­tal for sev­eral weeks.

Doc­tor Chung Peng said: “The only risk now is that we may not have re­moved all of the dirt and frag­ments of wood or ma­te­rial that may have been forced into his body. If no in­fec­tion sets in dur­ing the next few days, we ex­pect him to make a full re­cov­ery.”

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Chi­nese doc­tors have saved a trucker who was speared by a wooden stake af­ter a mass pile up

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