New Zealand man impaled by canoe

2010-09-23 11:21

Wellington - A New Zealand truck driver was in a critical condition after being impaled by a canoe that smashed through his windscreen in a freak road accident in the North Island, police said on Thursday.

Police said the 64-year-old was travelling along a highway near Levin, north of Wellington, on Thursday when a canoe being towed by another vehicle came loose and went through his truck's cabin, hitting him in the midriff.

The truck then crashed though a paddock and blocked a railway line, police said.

Fire crews cut the man from the truck with a piece of canoe still embedded in him and he was airlifted to Palmerston North.

"It was a freak accident," a Fire Service spokesperson said.