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Hiker impaled by arrow left on Kenai Peninsula trail

Alaska State Troopers rescued a woman who was accidentally impaled by an arrow near the Lower Russian Lakes Trail in Cooper Landing on Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers)

Alaska State Troopers rescued a 59-year-old Anchorage woman who was impaled in the knee by an arrow that was left on a Cooper Landing Trail Thursday afternoon.

The woman, identified by troopers as Janis Bronson, was more than four miles from the trailhead when she stumbled on a tip-up arrow left there, according to troopers, impaling her knee.

Troopers were called to the  Lower Russian Lakes Trail at about 3 p.m. Thursday. They hiked for an hour and a half before they reached Bronson, where they waited with a U.S. Forest Service employee for medics to arrive.

Volunteers from the Moose Pass and Bear Creek fire departments "stabilized the arrow" before moving Bronson, who was flown to an Anchorage hospital by the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons of the Alaska Air National Guard.

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