MAY — A May High School football player driving in for practice Monday morning was flown out by helicopter after he was hurt in a a one-vehicle accident, which was discovered by his mother later in the morning, first responders said.
The player’s Chevrolet S10 Blazer sport utility vehicle left U.S. Highway 183 North about 2 miles south of May, rolled over and stopped in heavy brush off the highway, obscured from the road.
Fire departments including Brownwood, May and Early responded and extricated the player after his mother found the wreck by pinging his phone, first responders said at the scene.
May school Superintendent Steve Howard, who is also the May Fire Department assistant chief and responded to the scene, declined to identify the player. Football practice typically starts around 7:15 a.m. and Howard said he was notified of the accident at 9:30 a.m.
Firefighters stopped traffic from both directions to clear a highway landing zone for an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter. First responders placed the injured youth on a stretcher and labored to bring him out of the brush and up a grade to the highway shoulder.
After pausing near a Lifeguard ambulance for several minutes and continuing to treat him, first responders loaded the youth into the helicopter, which took off a few minutes later.
A Department of Public Safety trooper at the scene referred questions about the accident to DPS public information officer Sgt. Fred Biddle, who was unavailable for comment later Monday.