A 32-year-old man who was impaled through the chest when a wooden fence post came hurtling through a pickup truck window early yesterday remained in critical condition last night at a Prince George's County hospital.
Steven Terrance Callahan of the 1500 block of Meyers Station Road in Anne Arundel County was alert as firefighters pulled him from the 1976 Chevrolet pickup truck and cut off a portion of the post so he could fit inside a helicopter. The accident happened within two miles of his home.
"It seems he was doing as well as could be expected," said Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman. "Even with all that he went through, he seemed to be doing pretty well."
The remnants of the post were later removed by surgeons at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.
According to Anne Arundel County police, a pickup truck driven by Kevin Patrick Marsden, 26, of Bowie, was heading south in the 1300 block of Meyers Station Road when it failed to negotiate a sharp corner and ran off the left side of the roadway.
The pickup struck a wooden fence in front of 1351 Meyers Station Road, knocking four posts down and sending one hurtling through the windshield and through the right side of Mr. Callahan's chest.
Chief Sheckells said he did not know how long the post was, but it had to be cut so that Mr. Callahan could fit inside the state police MedEvac helicopter that flew him to the hospital.
The post apparently missed major organs, he said. While firefighters cut a portion of it off, they left a portion of it impaled in Mr. Callahan's chest.
Lisa Schiller, a spokeswoman for the Prince George's Hospital Center, said Mr. Callahan underwent two hours of surgery yesterday morning.
The driver of the pickup, Mr. Marsden, was taken by ambulance to North Arundel Hospital, where he was listed in good condition yesterday.