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MAN SURVIVES AFTER BEING SHOT WITH ARROW

Tue Nov 16, 7:11 PM ET

Strange News - AP

MARSHFIELD, Wis. - An arrow smashed through a car window and hit a hunter in the neck in the woods of northern Wisconsin, the hunter's family said.

Bill Rusch, 50, was recovering in fair condition at St. Joseph Hospital on Tuesday four days after the bizarre shooting mishap caused an arrow to penetrate about 2 inches into his neck, threatening his spinal cord, said his daughter, Jenny Gilbert.

Tim Lawhern, hunter education administrator for the state Department of Natural Resources, said the errant arrow came from the bow of another hunter, Rusch's companion.

Gilbert said the bow's release malfunctioned as the hunter walked from the woods to get into the car. The arrow flew through the window on the driver's side, missing the driver before striking Rusch.

Rusch was breathing on his own Tuesday and could move his legs and arms, Gilbert said. His neck remained in a brace.

Gilbert said her father kept his sense of humor during the ordeal, joking the arrow was a cheap one, "not the kind he sells," Gilbert said.

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