A hunter is recovering at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center from head and neck injuries sustained during a hunting accident in Central Utah.
Cartwright was taking video ahead of the hunting party when a buck began making its way across the field. As the hunters began positioning for a shot, Cartwright inadvertently ended up between the archer and the target. As one of the hunters released an arrow, Cartwright stood and was hit.
With the broadhead lodged near his carotid artery, Cartwright began walking with one of his hunting partners until they obtained cell reception and called 911.
Cartwright was taken to the Nephi Medical Center where a tracheostomy was performed and the arrow shaft cut down. After determining the severity of his injuries, medical personnel decided to fly the victim to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
Cartwright’s injuries were complicated by the mechanical broadhead, which deploys its razor-sharp blades on impact. After four hours of tests at Utah Valley, medical personnel determined that only two of the arrow’s blades had deployed. The third did not activate and was resting on his carotid artery.