Impaled man driven to the Kyogle hospital
UPDATE, 2pm: THE man impaled by a 50cm stake was driven to hospital by a colleague from the Hogan Timber Mill.
Previous information suggesting the man had driven himself appears to have been mistaken.
UPDATE, 1.30pm: A MAN impaled by a 50cm-long timber stake drove himself to Kyogle Hospital.
The 50-year-old man, who is being prepared for urgent surgery at the Gold Coast Hospital at Southport, is believed to have had the stake go through his right cheek and mouth at Hogan Sawmill, in the town's northern district, today.
The Northern Star has been told the man drove the two kilometres through town with the stake stuck in his face.
When he arrived at the hospital, SES volunteers were called in to cut about 30cm of the stake off with the Jaws of Life - usually used to free crash victims from car wrecks - leaving about 20cm still in the man's face.
A spokesperson for Hogan Sawmill said the company and its workers were thinking of the man and his family, but declined to comment further.
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BREAKING, 12 noon: A MAN reportedly impaled by a stake through his face is about to be flown to the Gold Coast Hospital, after turning up at the Kyogle Hospital with the stake still stuck in his head.
The helicopter service has said it had been called to Kyogle to pick the man up and fly him directly to the Gold Coast Hospital at Southport.
It was understood the man went to Kyogle hospital and was assessed before the helicopter was tasked to transfer him to Lismore Base Hospital.
However, once the full extent of his injuries were known the decision was made to transfer him to the Gold Coast hospital.
More information will be published as it comes to hand.