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10/03/06-KENNARD, Houston County

Man Stabbed By Flying Deer Antlers

Emergency responders examine the deer antlers that struck Paul Nash in the side. (KTRE-TV) Emergency responders examine the deer antlers that struck Paul Nash in the side. (KTRE-TV)
This pickup was damaged after colliding with a deer on Hwy. 103 West Friday morning. (KTRE-TV) This pickup was damaged after colliding with a deer on Hwy. 103 West Friday morning. (KTRE-TV)
WARNING: Some portions of this story contain graphic video. Video Provided by Sister Station KTRE-TV in Lufkin.

A freak accident leaves an East Texas man in intensive care with stab wounds.

Emergency medical workers say the wreck was unlike anything they'd ever seen.

Houston County emergency workers rushed to the scene of a gruesome car wreck just after seven, Friday morning. Gayla File and her boyfriend, Paul Nash were coming from Ratcliff when they crashed into the deer on Highway 7. What happened next is unbelievable.

Another driver came along and ran over debris from the mangled deer, tossing its antlers into the air. They came crashing down; stabbing Nash in his side. State troopers have still not identified the driver who ran over the deer's horns, causing the accident.

An emotional Gayla File explained it this way. "We [were] just coming down the road and there's a deer and I said 'look out, there's a deer!', and before he had a chance to hit the breaks we had already slammed into it. The airbag impacted; we slid on the deer. he stopped, got out, and walked down to get the headlight out of the road so somebody wouldn't hit it. I'm on the phone with 911 and I didn't see what happened, but my cousin came and he went and checked on him and said that somebody hit the horns and they flew up and punctured him in the side and in the hip or somewhere."

Janie Rush was one of the Crockett E.M.S workers who had to figure out what happened. "We [were] trying to figure out how this man got stabbed with this deer horn and we[v'e] come to the conclusion that [the deer's antlers] were in the road and the deer horns stabbed right here and right here [indicating her right side, above and below the beltline], A car come through and flung it into his side. so I do advise if you see a deer horn in the highway, please don't run over it."

Paul Nash was life-flighted to a hospital in Tyler. He is in fair condition in I.C.U..

Parks and Wildlife authorities say a combination of cooler weather and mating season are increasing the animals' activity. They say Deer tend to be more active in cooler weather, at night, and when there's a full moon.

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