MIDDLETON, Wis. — The crowd at a middle school basketball game couldn’t figure out why a 14-year-old girl who went flying into the floor didn’t get up. Then they realized she had been impaled by a splintered floorboard.
“I mean, there’s no rhyme or reason to this one,” tournament organizer Perry Hibner said.
The gym was filled with confusion after the freak accident. “And the official said, ‘What do you mean? Are you hurt?’ And she’s like, ‘There’s a piece of wood stuck to me,” Hibner said.
The board had split in the middle and stuck into the girl from Wisconsin Heights, Wis. Her mom, the coach, was quickly by her side.
“It was 3 to 4 inches long and in some parts, probably a quarter to a half inch deep,” Hibner said.
Minutes later, emergency crews showed up and everyone was asked to leave the gym.
“We thought they were going to have to remove an entire board and take the board to the hospital,” Hibner said.
That didn’t have to happen, but the eighth-grader was loaded on a stretcher and spent the night at the hospital. None of her internal organs were hit by the wood.
“Kind of like a strike of lightning where you just don’t think those things are going to happen. It was a complete fluke,” Hibner said. “I just think sometimes strange things happen and there’s no explanation for the phenomena.”
Even though it was a scary situation for players and parents, Hibner said the girl who was injured is expected to be ready to play in the near future.