High school football players injured in crash

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Students and staff at a Southern Kentucky High School say they're in shock, and hoping for the best, following a crash that left two football players injured Thursday.

Police say a semi slammed into their car late Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 80 and Barnett Street in Somerset.

The crash happened not far from Somerset High School, where 17-year-old William Hinton and 16-year-old Jacobi Gilmore both attend and play football.

Just three hours after the accident, several people gathered at Somerset High School to pray for Hinton and Gilmore. They signed two banners filled with prayers and hope.

"He's a fighter. He's broken his arm and all kinds of stuff. He's been through all kinds of stuff. And so yeah, he's a fighter. He's gonna get through it," said Jayden Gilmore, the brother of one of the victims.

Seeing Hinton's Chevrolet after it was t-boned by a semi truck crossing Highway 80, many say it's amazing these two Somerset High School football players even survived.

"I just had to stop to in disbelief. I immediately had to get to where the accident was and be with my team because they're my family," said Tyler Megargel, a teammate and friend.

Police tell us Hinton was driving and not wearing his seat belt while Gilmore, the passenger, was wearing his. We are told both suffered head injuries. For now, the team is keeping their sights on their recovery instead of Friday night's game.

"Really, the only thing that I'm thinking about right now and I'm hoping they're alright and thinking about what I'm gonna say to them the next time I see them," said Patrick Williams, a teammate and friend.

"We have to come together as a team as brothers and be there for them and love them, encourage them and that they're gonna be in our prayers," said Megargel.

The middle school football game was cancelled Thursday because of this accident, but as for the high school game Friday, there is no word yet if it has been cancelled.

At 11 p.m. Thursday, Hinton and Gilmore were both listed in serious condition at UK Hospital.

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