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St Albans man impaled on table leg in loft

Fire crews and paramedics helping man in Hemel Hempstead loft
Image caption 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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