Man impaled on fence

August 31, 2009 3:13:53 PM PDT
Kevin Williams has been delivering newspapers for the Fayetteville Observer for nine years. But at about 3 a.m. Monday morning, he slipped climbing over a wrought-iron fence trying to retrieve a newspaper that landed in the wrong yard.

He impaled his leg and could have bled-to-death.

"It went in about an inch into the back of my leg and I was hanging upside down for about an hour and a half before I finally freed the one that was impaled," Williams recalled.

Williams says in the process of freeing his left leg, his right foot became entangled in the fence and he remained stuck.

The whole time, one thing was going through his mind.

"I don't want to die hanging up on this gate," he recalled "I should have just left the newspapers there and not even worried about it."

Williams said the pain was agonizing as he screamed for help.

"When I felt like I was starting to lose consciousness, that's when I started hollering and screaming," he said.

After nearly two hours, a passerby called police and Williams was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with a four-inch laceration above his calf.

"Got 16 stitches. I have no feeling in both of my feet right now. Doctors told me to keep my leg elevated and get a lot of rest," he said.

Williams says he used his belt to hold himself up while he waited for help.

He also says despite his terrible ordeal, he's looking forward to healing so he can get back out on his paper route.

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