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Doctors find metal turn signal in man’s arm 51 years after car crash

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Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-02 11:35:57-05
Arthur Lampitt was involved in a head-on crash in 1963. 51 years later doctors removed a 7-inch metal turn signal control rod from his arm. CNN

Arthur Lampitt was involved in a head-on crash in 1963. 51 years later doctors removed a 7-inch metal turn signal control rod from his arm. CNN

GRANITE CITY, IL – Decades after a car wreck a mystery has been solved for a Granite City man.

He had an unusual object removed from his arm and had no clue it was connected to the crash.

In 1963 Arthur Lampitt was driving home when the roads started to get slick. He hydroplaned lost control of the car and hit a semi truck head-on.

“I had four or five  busted ribs and my hip socket was busted out the back end,” Arthur Lampitt said.

Lampitt sustained severe lacerations on his left arm but never thought anything of it.

He walked into a courthouse 35 years later.

Arthur Lampitt was involved in a head-on crash in 1963. 51 years later doctors removed a 7-inch metal turn signal control rod from his arm. CNN

Arthur Lampitt was involved in a head-on crash in 1963. 51 years later doctors removed a 7-inch metal turn signal control rod from his arm. CNN

“I went through a metal detector and saw that there was a large metal object. I said I don`t understand why that`s there,” Lampitt said.

Neither did doctors, they told Lampitt that a piece of metal may have been inserted during surgery after the accident.

He lifted a concrete block last week and his muscles tightened up and his arm began to swell.

Lampitt went into surgery Wednesday and Doctor Timothy Lang pulled out a seven inch eroded metal object from Lampitt`s body.

He said, “That’s the most unusual thing; he`s never seen something like that before.”

Lampitt then did some investigating. “I went back to look at the old pictures of my wreck and noticed my turn signal was missing. We started piecing things together and figured out that is what it was.”