Public Safety

Teen impaled through neck in Fayette County hunting accident

17-year-old tripped, fell into rifle barrel

University of Iowa Health Care complex, which houses University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is seen in this photo tak
University of Iowa Health Care complex, which houses University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is seen in this photo taken on Friday, April 18, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Justin Wan/The Gazette)

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured during a hunting accident on Sunday.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the teen was squirrel hunting on private property around 1 p.m. Sunday when he tripped over a log and impaled himself through the neck on the barrel of his rifle. The rifle did not discharge, authorities said.

The boy, who is from West Union, was taken via ambulance to Palmer Hospital in West Union and later airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is listed in critical condition, authorities said.

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