A Salem teen hit speeds of 125 mph with three friends in his mom's car. He ended up in the emergency room, after crashing and being impaled in the shoulder by a metal fence post.
Now, Joshua Martinson and the others involved in the crash are telling the story for a video that will be shared and serve as a warning at school assemblies across the northwest.
The crash happened May 2 off Ballantyine Road near Sprague High School.
The students, in a video for the group Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, talked about the initial excitement of reaching such speeds.
"We're kind of more like adrenaline junkies, so we were excited to do it," said passenger Daniel Fiedler.
Then came the horror of nearly watching a friend die.
The video includes graphic images from the scene, including the pole penetrating the shoulder of Martinson. He said it went through his body, through the backseat, into the trunk and punched off the bumper.
"I've never seen someone with a pipe through their shoulder, and I've never been the one to cut it off," said Salem firefighter BJ Grimmer.
In the video, the doctor said if the pole had impaled Martinson a few inches lower, he likely would have bled to death.
In organizing the video project, Kelly Owen, a registered nurse at Salem Hospital, said the goal is for other teens to learn a valuable lesson from these four kids. She said this story has a happy ending because they all survived, but that isn't always the case.
The Salem students said they now understand that.
"Honestly, none of us should be here alive," said passenger Justine Maggi.
Martinson was charged with assault, reckless endangering and reckless driving for the crash.
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