Snapped pole impales Michigan student near eye at track meet

Published May. 27, 2015 3:33 p.m. ET

DEXTER, Mich. (AP) A Michigan high school athlete has received 40 stitches to his eye after a vaulting pole snapped and became impaled in his orbital bone during a track meet.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports that Alex Lindahl is recovering Wednesday at home following surgery Tuesday at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Lindahl was hurt Tuesday afternoon when his pole broke during a meet in Dexter, west of Detroit.

Hartland High School athletic director Jason Reck says ''doctors were able to fix'' Lindahl's eye, ''but it's whether or not his vision will fully be back to normal is the question.''

Reck told The Ann Arbor News the incident was ''just one of those unfortunate accidents.''

Lindahl is a senior at Hartland.