Police say a man attempting to climb a wrought-iron fence on Old Street in Fayetteville suffered personal injuries when he slipped, impaling his calf, and hung upside down for two hours.


Police say the man, 51-year-old David Williams, is a carrier for The Fayetteville Observer.


At about 3 a.m. on August 31, Williams was delivering papers on the street when he realized that he had thrown a paper to an incorrect address, according to Fayetteville Police Sgt. Richard Mulcahy.


Mulcahy said that Williams attempted to retrieve the paper by climbing over the fence. He then lost his balance and his calf was impaled through the top of a spike. His other foot was tangled in the fence and he was left hanging upside down.


Mulcahy said that a passer-by spotted Williams at approximately 5:30 a.m. and called the police. Williams had been using his belt to try and keep his head elevated. However, he had lost a lot of blood.


Williams received transport to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he underwent treatment.

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