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Man impaled on stump in Michigan rescued thanks to runners

July 17, 2019
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This Tuesday, July 16, 2019, photo shows a trailhead in an area near the Red Cedar Natural Area in East Lansing, Mich., near the intersection where a man who was impaled on a stump after a fall from a tree. The man was rescued after runners heard his calls for help about 14 hours after he fell. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
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This Tuesday, July 16, 2019, photo shows a trailhead in an area near the Red Cedar Natural Area in East Lansing, Mich., near the intersection where a man who was impaled on a stump after a fall from a tree. The man was rescued after runners heard his calls for help about 14 hours after he fell. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man who was impaled on a stump after falling from a tree in mid-Michigan was rescued after runners heard his calls for help about 14 hours after he fell.

Cindy Eiseler tells the Lansing State Journal she and three other women heard someone calling “I need help!” from a dense thicket Saturday morning along the Lansing River Trail. The trail runs next to the Red Cedar Natural Area on the edge of Michigan State University’s East Lansing campus.

Eiseler’s group flagged down runner Chris Smith, who said the impaled man was face down with a “chunk of tree” through his shoulder.

Police say that the 37-year-old man fell about 6 p.m. Friday. He was taken to a hospital and police declined to say why he was in the tree.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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