Just after 12 noon on Monday May 2nd, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for a female hiker injured in Eaton Canyon. It was reported that the hiker slipped and fell, landing on her back. While most injuries are directly caused by the fall, this particular situation was different. A pencil in her backpack penetrated the pack and impaled her lower back. Estimates by the treating medic were that it was nearly 3 inches into her lower back.
Los Angeles County Fire ground crews on scene treated the victim, and called in Air Recue 5. Once on scene, Air 5 hoisted the victim and transported her to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment.