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Saturday, 12 January, 2002, 12:51 GMT
Pregnant woman impaled in crash
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
The woman was flown to hospital by police helicopter
A heavily pregnant woman is recovering in hospital after being impaled on a wooden post following a car crash in Devon.

The woman, who was eight months pregnant, is said to be in a stable condition in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after undergoing surgery.

A hospital spokesman said the unborn baby has survived.

The 38-year-old male driver suffered only minor injuries but the woman was impaled through the upper chest in the accident which happened at 0230 GMT near Axminster on the A35.

'Nasty injuries'

The car, a silver Saab 900, crashed into a wooden fence at the bottom of an embankment and went into a wooded area.

A piece of the fence impaled the woman, who is thought to be from the Bournmouth area.

Sergeant Alan Mobbs told BBC Radio Devon it was a traumatic scene for "for everyone involved".

"There were some very nasty injuries.

"Obviously this was made worse by the fact that she is eight months pregnant."

The woman was released from the vehicle by firefighters and flown by police helicopter to hospital.

The driver suffered minor shoulder injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.


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