A hydraulic pedal cutter had to be used to cut the man free

In what has been described as a freak accident a man tripped over and impaled his face on the metal spike of a gate yesterday.

He was very badly injured and had to be cut free by firefighters using a hydraulic pedal cutter. He was breathing and conscious in the ambulance as the emergency services rushed him to hospital in Liverpool.

The accident happened close to the front door of a house in Church Road West, Walton at around 9pm. One eyewitness said: ‘It was shocking. ‘From what we’ve heard, the man was coming out of a house when he slipped and fell onto the spike of the railings or the gate.

‘He hurt his face quite badly. ‘I hope he makes a recovery, it’s an awful thing to happen.’ A spokeswoman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said they were called at 9.04pm, and were on the scene seven minutes later.

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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla.


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