Teen driver impaled by piece of fence in Salem car crash

Teen driver impaled by piece of fence in Salem car crash
Police say a 16-year-old driver crashed into a fence and was impaled by a piece of it. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries. There were three other teens in the car. They suffered minor injuries. (KATU News photo)

SALEM, Ore. – A 16-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being impaled in the chest by a piece of fence after crashing a car Thursday afternoon, Salem police say.

The driver was with three other 16 year olds. The other teenagers sustained minor injuries.

All four are from Sprague High School.

Police say they determined the driver was speeding eastbound on Ballyntyne Road when he lost control of a 1996 Nissan four-door sedan south of Kuebler Boulevard South just before 3:30 p.m. It went off the road and crashed into about 300 feet of cyclone fencing.

He was impaled in the upper chest with fence railing. His injuries were first reported as life-threatening, but police say his condition was later upgraded.

All four students had to be extricated from the car. They were taken to Salem Hospital. The driver was listed in fair condition Thursday night.