Workman impaled by drill in neck in 'freak accident'

A man impaled in the neck by an industrial drill in a "freak accident" has been taken to hospital.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was replacing telegraph poles in Haddenham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, when the injury happened on Wednesday morning.

East of England Ambulance Service paramedic Mick King said an industrial drill was thought to have fallen on the man from a cherry picker above him.

It was embedded several inches in his neck but missed his head and spine.

The ambulance service described the episode as a "freak accident".

Mr King said: "After assessing the patient the critical care doctor sedated him, before he was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, by land ambulance. On arrival he was believed to be in a serious but non life-threatening condition.

"Had the drill landed a slightly different place then things could have been a lot different - it's certainly one of the more unusual incidents that I've attended."

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