N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving suffered a broken leg and a collapsed lung in a car accident on Interstate 40, near mile marker 314. Irving was traveling on I-40 westbound when his vehicle ran into the median at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, state Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said. Irving tried to regain control, but the vehicle ran off the road and struck two trees, Clendenin said.
Raleigh Paramedics transported Irving to WakeMed, where he was listed in good condition Sunday evening. N.C. State spokesperson Annabelle Myers said Irving was returning to Raleigh from his hometown of Wallace when the accident happened. Troopers said it appears he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Head coach Tom O’Brien said in a statement “Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Nate and his family. All of his teammates and coaches will be there to support him as he recovers and goes through the process of rehabilitation.” Irving has been charged with careless and reckless driving, Clendenin said. The junior’s status for the upcoming season was not immediately known.
Irving was an honorable mention all-Atlantic Coast Conference player last season despite missing nearly one-third of the year with injuries. He had 84 tackles, tying for third on the team. Irving, 6 feet 1 and 235 pounds, starred in high school at Wallace-Rose Hill and redshirted as a freshman at State. He made a quick impact as a redshirt freshman, starting four games and making 52 tackles. As a sophomore, he emerged as one of the ACC’s most dynamic players, and State’s defense suffered without him.
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