Woman impaled by hunting arrow while hiking Alaskan trail

Woman impaled by hunting arrow while hiking Alaskan trail

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Woman impaled by hunting arrow while hiking Alaskan trail

A 59-year-old woman was hiking with her husband on the Lower Russian Lakes Trail on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula last Thursday when she became impaled in the leg by a hunting arrow.

Five miles into the hike, Janis Bronson walked into the razor-sharp tip of the arrow that was facing upwards but hidden in tall grass, Metro reported Wednesday.

“They were walking through the brush and the arrow must have been caught up in it because it entered her thigh as she was walking through,” Sgt. Mike Zweifel of the Alaska State Troopers explained to Metro. “When she moved forward the bottom of the arrow made contact with the ground, driving it almost all the way through her thigh.”

The arrow featured three sharp points and is designed to go through animals and sever arteries so they bleed out, Zweifel explained.

Responding to the husband’s 911 call, troopers and a U.S. Forest Service employee hiked an hour and a half to reach Bronson, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

They did their best to stop the bleeding.

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“She was in an awful lot of pain,” Zweifel told Metro. “It was excruciating for her.”

The troopers stabilized the wound, tying a tourniquet on her upper thigh and bandaging the wound loosely. They then called in Moose Pass Fire and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department rescuers. Zweifel told Metro it took two hours before the medics arrived.

“There are vital arteries in the legs so we didn’t want to risk removing the arrow or moving here,” Zweifel told Metro.

“Luckily the arrow entered her leg about an inch away from her major artery, and did not hit anything major.”

Bronson was airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage and is said to be on the road to recovery.

The question on many people’s minds was, how did the dangerous arrow get there in the first place?

“We think the arrow may have fallen out of somebody’s quill or perhaps just got lost after it was shot,” Zweifel explained. “We’re just glad she’s okay.”

Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

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