A MAN suffered “horrific” injuries after a railing spike pierced through his throat and face and into his skull.
Marlon Poole, 38, is still in a critical condition in a specialist unit after being found at Gwersyllt railway station impaled on a railing.
Mr Poole, now of Shotton, is originally from Summerhill in Wrexham.
His brother Jed Poole says he thinks his brother may have been taking a short cut to the train station in the early hours of Saturday and had come down on the railings from a height.
Jed Poole, 44, of the Towyn area, has been at Marlon’s bedside in Stoke-on-Trent since he was transferred there from Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
He said: “The spike has gone into his neck, up his throat, through the bottom of his mouth, into the top of his mouth and into the base of the skull.
“We are hoping that is where it has stopped and will not affect the brain.
“It has done damage to the right eye and things aren’t looking good on that front.
“The injuries are horrific to be honest.”
The family believes Marlon, a leading hand at Tata Steel on Deeside, had attended a celebration at the Crown Inn in Summerhill, Wrexham, to mark what would have been the birthday of Lee Davies, who lost his life in the last few months.
Marlon is still in critical condition in the head trauma unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and has a crack team of surgeons aiding his recovery.
Mr Poole said: “He is being assessed on an hour-by-hour basis.
“There is an eye surgeon, ear nose and throat surgeon, facial surgeon, neuro surgeon and respiratory surgeon as well as a trauma consultant.
“His injuries were extremely life threatening but over the last 12 hours or so the news has been a bit more positive.”
Officers from North Wales Police, British Transport Police, North Wales Fire Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service were all involved in the rescue operation at about 5.20am on Saturday morning.
Jed has thanked them all for their work as well as the efforts of those at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Det Insp Mark Cleland, of the British Transport Police, said while there are no suspicious circumstances, police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact British Transport Police on freephone 0800 405040, quoting incident reference 90 on February 22.