By Steve Barnes
LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - An 18-year-old female Arkansas State University student was in serious condition at a hospital after being impaled in the neck by a golf club that broke apart in an accident at a fraternity, the university said on Thursday.
Natalie Eaton, a first-year student, was struck at a fraternity cookout on Tuesday when a fellow undergraduate batted a tossed football with a golf club, breaking it and sending the lower portion flying 30 feet (9 meters) and into her neck, it said.
"We know her condition is serious but don’t have any information other than that,” said Bill Smith, a spokesman for Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, about 135 miles (220 kms) east of Little Rock.
Eaton, of Harrisburg, Arkansas, was treated initially at a local hospital, then flown by helicopter to a trauma center in nearby Memphis, Tennessee.
A second student was struck by another piece of the club but was not believed to be seriously injured.
(Reporting by Steve Barnes; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Chris Reese)
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