Stock Photo: The Gage Accident plaque in Cavendish, Vermont USA which is part of scenic New England. This plaque is for Phineas P Gage known as the Man With a Metal Rod in His Head ...On September 13, 1848 while working for the railroad Phineas P Gage suffered massive brain damage when a 3 foot long tamping iron was blown through is head. The most interesting part of the story is he recovered from the injury, but was mentally never the same