St Albans man impaled on table leg in loft

Fire crews and paramedics helping man in Hemel Hempstead loft Red Watch at Watford fire station described it on Twitter as a "successful rescue"

A man has been rescued in a "delicate incident" after he became impaled on a table leg in his loft in Hertfordshire.

Fire crews had to remove part of the roof to help free the man at a house in Westfields, in St Albans on Saturday evening.

They then brought the man, with the metal table leg still attached, through the roof on a stretcher placed on an aerial ladder.

He was taken to St Mary's Paddington Hospital in London.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "This was a very delicate incident to deal with.

"Our crews worked extremely hard alongside the fire service in a very difficult environment to treat, stabilise and immobilise him before he was removed out of the roof to an awaiting ambulance."

The injury is not considered life-threatening, Mr Sanderson added.

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