Engineer impaled by crowbar in South Africa to run 55-mile marathon

An extraordinary X-ray image shows how the metal bar pierced his legs, back and shoulder blade during the accident in 2015

An extraordinary X-ray image shows how the metal bar pierced his legs, back and shoulder blade during the accident in 2015

A mining engineer who was impaled by a six-foot crowbar will run a gruelling 55-mile ultramarathon as he celebrates his recovery.

Daniel de Wet suffered the bizarre injury in Carletonville, South Africa, in a gold mine more than two miles underground.

He was using a crowbar to stir up mud when he tried to stand on a suction pipe and slipped.  

An extraordinary X-ray image shows how the metal bar pierced his legs, back and shoulder blade during the accident in 2015. 

Unable to lie on a stretcher, he had to be airlifted to Milpark Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, for painful treatment and recovery. 

He said: 'Because of the adrenaline rush, I had absolutely no pain at first. 

'There was only one guy with me, he became very scared and didn't know what to do. I told him to calm down and call for help on the two-way radio. 

'They didn't know how to put me on the stretcher because of the way [the crowbar] was sticking out of my back.

'I was talking the whole time, trying to keep the other guys calm.'

Professor Kenneth

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