Phineas Gage was just a normal foreman and he had his assistant doing the normal, blowing up gravel to make more railroad tracks.
then all of a sudden he forgot to run away from the explosion so his tamping iron went behind his left cheek behind his right and through his head
he surprisingly lived for another 11 years after his traumatic accident. phineas gage will go down as a miracle for surviving something like this. he could have died from many many things. but he survived, and lived to tell the tale. he was permanently changed but he still lived.