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Claim: Photograph shows a motorcycle accident victim impaled by a wooden post.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2004]
Origins: The photograph referenced by the above text (which can be found on various sites around the web by searching on phrases such as "gentleman who lost control of his motorcycle") is evidently genuine, although the explanation that now accompanies it is possibly an invented one. This picture first began circulating in
Back in 2004 an informant told us that the photograph originated in the trauma bay of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' (UAMS) emergency room. According to this source, the patient shown in the photo crashed his truck through a fence, causing a large fence post to come through part of the truck's engine and firewall before catching on spring wire in the back of the front seat, impaling the driver in the process. The patient was reportedly treated in the operating room but died a few days later of infection. We have not been able to independently verify these details, however.
In early 2006, the photo was circulated with this as its accompanying text:
This is an actual emergency room photo of a fisherman who lost control of his high-speed bass boat in West Virginia.
Warden's believe that he was traveling at a speed of approximately
You can probably picture what happened next, but the attached picture really says it all. The good news is that after about
Doctors credited his recovery to the fact that the post lodged itself so tightly that there was little or no blood loss.
NOW THAT'S GOTTA HURT!!!!!!"
Last updated: 2 March 2006
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