Truck Driver In Coma After Deer Crashes Through Windshield
Buffalo County, Wisconsin – A Wisconsin truck driver is in a coma after a freak accident sent a deer through the windshield of the semi he was driving on Saturday.
The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department said a Honda CR-V was traveling south on Highway 37 in Alma when it came in contact with a deer.
The deer careened off the SUV and smashed into the windshield of a semi-truck traveling north on 37.
The deer then struck the driver, Tony McCray, 37, of Whitehall, directly in the face.
McCray was returning from a tractor pull in Elgin, WI, and was pulling a sled when the accident occurred.
McCray’s injuries were severe enough to warrant a helicopter transfer to a nearby hospital, but weather conditions prevented the helicopter from flying. He was transferred by ambulance instead.
McCray was in critical care and slipped into a coma Monday morning.
According to his employer, Track Patrol Eliminators, he is responding to pain but not to commands.
“It was just a freak accident,” Track Patrol Eliminators owner Greg Pronschinske told Transportation Nation Network.
“We were over [at the hospital] to see him yesterday. He has no eyesight and no hearing, but they are hoping it will come back when the swelling goes down,” said Pronschinske.
“He’s a super guy,” Pronschinske said of McCray.
Transportation Nation Network will keep you updated on McCray’s condition and we hope you join us in praying for a speedy recovery.
UPDATE [June 19, 2019 @ : 6:58 a.m. CST]: Truck driver Tony McCray has come out of his coma and is responding to neurological commands, Track Patrol Eliminators confirms via McCray’s brother, Dan. He is now expected to undergo “a series of surgeries” to help him recover from his injuries.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to keep you updated.
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