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Graylan Spring, a Vandegrift alumnus and SFA wide receiver, succumbed to injuries in an accident in East Texas.

CORRIGAN, TX (KXAN) — Graylan Spring, a Vandegrift High School graduate and wide receiver for the Vipers football team, died from injuries sustained in a collision with an 18-wheeler near Corrigan Friday.

Vandegrift High School football team Twitter account tweeted on Sunday afternoon honoring spring and saying he is “a friend to all”.

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“Graylan, we love you,” the tweet begins. “You always smile, a friend to everyone, sincerely inspire everyone who knew you. A fierce competitor at all times. There is no one like you. We will miss you forever and we will always keep you in our heart. Rest in peace, Grey.”

Spring was a freshman on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team and graduated from Vandegrift in 2022.

According to a Lufkin Daily News report, Spring was a passenger in a Nissan Versa driven by Micah Macafooze, a former baseball player for the Lumberjacks, when the car collided with an 18-wheeler trailer while driving on Highway 58 north of Corrigan.

A press release from the Corrigan Police Department said the 18-wheeler veered left onto the highway off Plant Road and into the path of the Nissan. After the car crashed into the trailer, it got stuck under the trailer and got stuck.

Macafooze was pronounced dead at the scene and Spring was airlifted to Conroe Hospital.

The press release also states that the driver of the 18-wheeler did not suffer any injuries and the accident is under further investigation by CPD.

Lumberjacks head football coach Colby Kartel said that Spring was a “true champion”.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of Greylan and our prayers go out to the amazing Spring family,” SFA’s Carthel said in a statement. “What a huge loss for those of us who are fortunate enough to know Greylan. He was a true champion both on and off the field and his legacy will forever live on in the memory of the Lumberjack football program.”

The Vandegrift chapter of the Christian Athlete Fraternity said it would organize a prayer service for Spring and his family on Tuesday. There will be a candlelight vigil in honor of Spring and Macafoos at the Homer Bryce Stadium on the SFA campus in Nacogdoches on Monday at 7:30 pm.



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