MARSHALL, Texas (KTAL/KETK) – A Marshall High school senior football player was killed when his truck struck a wild hog early Wednesday morning and crashed.
Hayden Blaylock, 17, was a member of Marshall FFA and the Maverick team.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, the single-vehicle crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. on FM-1997 near CR-4008, about five miles north of Marshall. The preliminary crash report indicates Blalock was heading west on FM-1997 and struck a wild hog that was on the roadway. The vehicle went off the road to the right, where it struck a culvert at CR-4008 and rolled over several times.
The sheriff’s office says Blalock was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck. He died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
“Please join us as a community as we wrap our arms around Hayden’s family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time,” the school district said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Grief counselors have been made available to the students and staff, along with members of the Marshall Ministerial Alliance.
Superintendent Jerry Gibson said his students have already been through a lot this and year. “This is hard. This is the fifth student we’ve had pass away since January 12th.
As of now, funeral arrangements have not been announced. Gibson did confirm a prayer vigil is in the works but a date and time has not yet been set.
We will update this story as soon as more information is available.