New Jersey teen impaled by javelin near high school

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A New Jersey teenager was hospitalized Tuesday after his leg was impaled by a javelin during a track-and-field event.

Jillian Messina, spokeswoman for the Toms River Police Department, told NJ.com that the incident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. in a field outside Donovan Catholic High School “near the track-and-field training area.”

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According to Messina, the unidentified 16-year-old’s right thigh was impaled by the javelin, which first responders cut “to allow for [his] safe transport to the hospital.”

Police confirmed that there was no sign of bleeding and that the boy was able to talk with medical personnel, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately available, News 12 New Jersey reported.

Messina also said it was not immediately clear if the victim is a student at the school or whether he had been participating in the track-and-field event, NJ.com reported.