UNK football player in stable, critical condition after car crash
A University of Nebraska at Kearney football player is in stable but critical condition after a serious car crash Sunday morning.
UNK tight end and punter Preston Hall, 20, was involved in a head-on collision around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning near Thedford, according to his uncle.
And after learning of his condition, his football family is sending their thoughts and prayers.
Hall was driving along Highway 83 from Valentine when the two cars collided.
First responders had him airlifted from the accident scene to Good Samaritan in Kearney and then taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Sunday night.
His uncle says he is currently at UNMC in ICU where he remains stable but in critical condition.
"When I heard last night I was in shock a little bit. I think that's how everyone is. They're in shock for a bit and then they realize what can I do to help. That's just support him and pray for his family and continue to be a support system," said UNK football player David Squiers.
Preston's teammates taking to Twitter to share photos and pray for his speedy recovery.
UNK head football coach Josh Lynn says Hall is one of the hardest working teammates he knows.
"Preston is an incredible young man, great student, great teammate and pretty good football player. This news is devastating not in regards to the football side of it. He's just a good teammate and just the young man that he is and what he brings to this football team," said Coach Lynn.
"He's a put his head down and go to work type of guy. He doesn't talk much but he likes to go the extra mile as much as he can to give himself and the team a chance at success. I mean he works his tail off and he doesn't do it for himself, he does it for the bettering of his teammates," said Squiers.
Blake Scott, another UNK football player and teammate saying, "Preston is not only a teammate to us but looked to as a brother from all of us. We are all praying for him, the football team as well as the entire UNK athletic community. We will be in full support of him and his family as we pray and hope for his speedy recovery."
The cause of the crash is still unknown.
As of July 3, Preston's uncle says, "Not much change. He remains in ICU at Nebraska Medical Center. However, he is showing signs of progress and alert and responding to us.”
Preston grew up in Schuyler and graduated from Schuyler Central High School in 2015.
He'll be a junior this fall going to school at UNK for pre-med.
If you're interested in donating money to help the Hall family with medical expenses, click this link to their Go Fund Me page.
This is a developing story and we will update as we receive information.