University student impaled by golf club in 'rush' freak accident

JONESBORO, Ark. (KATV) - An Arkansas State University freshman was severely injured Tuesday in a freak accident at a fraternity house.

According to ASU police, 18-year-old Natalie Jo Eaton was impaled by the shaft of a broken golf club at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house in Jonesboro.

Police say fraternity "rush" activities were going on at the house earlier in the afternoon and students were playing games outside before a cookout.

The police report states that someone threw a football to another person, who "was to use a golf club as a bat and hit it." When the club hit the ball, the shaft broke off and flew about 30 feet away, where it impaled Eaton.

Eaton was taken to a Memphis hospital. Her condition has not been released.

ASU Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling issued a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Natalie Eaton. Once you are here at Arkansas State, you are part of the Red Wolves family."

Eaton recently competed in the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen pageant and is from Harrisburg.

A vigil for Eaton will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Harrisburg at the First United Methodist Church.