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Maryland girl, sledding, impaled by steel reinforcement bar

Feb. 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM

JARRETSVILLE, Md., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A girl, 10, was impaled in the back by a steel reinforcement bar while sledding after a snowfall in Jarretsville, Md., a county fire official said.

The unidentified child was hospitalized at a regional pediatric shock trauma unit about noon Monday, Hartford County Fire and EMS spokesman Rich Gardiner said.

She was found near her home "lying on her side on a little slope with a pierce of rebar sticking out of her," Jarretsville Fire Company Chief Rudy Walter said, a reference to the term used for steel rods inserted in concrete to reinforce it.

A reciprocating saw was used to cut the material away from the girl, "leaving a piece of about 6 inches hanging out of her," Walter added.

She underwent surgery to remove the metal, and is expected to recover, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

"We do get sledding accidents, but [usually] what happens is the child or an adult ran into a tree ... a building or they ran into another person. We get nothing that they are impaled," Walter said.

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