20-year-old impaled by fence post in car crash, officials say

Police: Speed may have been factor in crash

A 20-year-old male was transported to a local hospital Wednesday night after being impaled by a fence post during a car crash, officials said.

Police responded to the intersection of Oakridge and Maple avenues around 8:20 p.m. for reports of a car versus tree crash, Dane County dispatch said.

The vehicle came up Oakridge Avenue and hit a chain-link fence and then a tree, investigators said. A pole from the fence went through the windshield and into the man’s left upper body.

The 7 foot piece of pipe entered the man just below his left arm pit and exited through his back with the pipe also penetrating the front seat back, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. The extrication took 25 minutes and involved the use of a hydraulic cutting tool. He was taken to the UW Trauma Center with a section of pipe still in his body.

Officials on scene did not know if alcohol or icy roads were a factor, but think speed might have been a factor in the crash.

The condition of the 20-year-old is not known at this time.