A steel rod goes through a postal worker's body during a freak accident on the job. Twenty-seven years delivering mail, and she never imagined this kind of job injury.
The woman who was injured has been identified as Leslie Russell. She remains in the intensive care unit.
The 911 caller told dispatchers she could hear Russell's cries for help.
Dispatch: "911 what's the location of your emergency?"
Caller: "It's Houston Avenue in Apache Junction… Our mail lady just crashed in front of our um office here."
Dispatch: "Ok is anybody hurt?"
Caller: "I believe she is hurt yes... we can hear her from the office."
This is the mail truck that 57-year-old postal worker Leslie Russell was driving when she crashed into a chain link fence in apache junction Monday. The metal pole penetrated the truck.
Dispatch: "Did she crash into something or…?"
Caller: "I think it's a pole of some sort. She's bleeding bad."
Dispatch: "Ok all right I'm getting somebody over there now ok."
Caller: "She was the only one involved just her and the mail truck and the pole. But the pole is sticking into her is what I'm being told."
Dispatch: "Do you know where the pole impaled her, do you know where it impaled her at?"
Caller: "Her left shoulder."
Her family tells me the pole went through Russell's shoulder and out her back.
She was unconscious when emergency crews arrived and rushed her to the hospital in critical condition.
Russell spent several hours in surgery. She suffered broken ribs and torn arteries. Doctors told her family she may lose the use of her left arm.
Her family tells me they have no idea why she went off the road in the first place. She doesn't have any medical conditions -- she's healthy.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says neither drugs nor alcohol were involved. Russell has worked for the post office for 27 years.