Woman recovering after being impaled by pole at Hopewell High

A woman was recovering Saturday at Carolinas Medical Center after being impaled by a gate post that sliced into her car as she was leaving a parking lot at Hopewell High School on Friday night, fire officials said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was among the fans who left the high school when a thunderstorm approached about 8:45 p.m., bringing a premature end to the Hopewell-Olympic high school football game.

Huntersville fire officials said that as the woman was pulling out of the parking lot in the 11500 block of Beatties Ford Road, a wind gust blew the gate partially shut. The gate had a long pole that connected to the other side of the fence, officials said.

They said the momentum of the car allowed the pole to enter the vehicle through the right headlight and go through the engine compartment into the right side of the driver’s seat. The woman was impaled in her side but was able to free herself, according to several broadcast reports Saturday.

Medic reported taking the woman to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, but Bill Suthard of the Huntersville Fire Department said the injuries were serious and not critical.

The Hopewell-Olympic game was among several contests that was suspended or postponed due to storms Friday night. Dozens of lightning strikes were reported across the area between 7 and 9 p.m., but there were no other reports of storm-related injuries.

The Hopewell-Olympic contest, like most other games affected by the weather, will be completed Monday evening.