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Chinese driver survives car crash after skull and leg impaled on steel construction bars

Motorist undergoes surgery on Monday after trapped for about 50 minutes before rescue workers cut through reinforced bars to free him

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 January, 2017, 3:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 January, 2017, 3:00pm

A driver in northeastern China survived a car crash that left him impaled by three reinforced steel bar – including one that went right through his skull, mainland media reported.

The accident took place on Monday in Changchun, Jilin province, after the motorist, 46, braked suddenly to avoid hitting another vehicle and crashed sideways right into the ends of the bars, the provincial government news portal,, reported.

Three bars passed through the side of the vehicle, impaling the driver through his skull, knee and leg.

The bar that penetrated the driver’s skull passed through his right forehead and then out through the back of his head, leaving both ends of the bar protruding.

Rescue workers had to cut through the bars to free the driver.

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The driver’s son who was travelling with him in the car, was also injured and taken to hospital, but his injuries were not so serious, Monday’s report said. He was given a blood transfusion in hospital for loss of blood.

The driver’s wife, father and another child, who were also in the car at the time of the accident, escaped with only minor injuries and were able to call the emergency services.

The rescue team arrived within half an hour and carefully freed the driver in less than 20 minutes after cutting through the bars that were still linked to scaffolding poles.

Rescuers had to work with great care to avoid causing further injury to the driver and putting his life at risk, the report said.

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A relative of the driver said the construction company which owned the scaffolding should be held accountable, because had a fence been placed around the metal bars the accident would not have happened.

The driver was still undergoing surgery on Monday, the report said. His current condition was not reported.