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Paul Nash was driving his girlfriend to her job in Lufkin Friday morning, when in a moment, the accident happened.
The deer was killed, and pieces of the headlight and grill of the truck were in the roadway. So were broken deer antlers.
KLTV speaks to the man who's still in the hospital, still being treated not from the crash, but after he was stabbed.
"I looked back up the road and could see the deer laying in the highway along with the front end of the truck," Nash says.
Hitting a deer that large was like hitting another car. The airbags went off. Dazed, Nash went to pick up the debris.
"About the time I got back to the shoulder of the road, a vehicle passed. I don't know whether it was a car or a truck. I didn't see it. I don't know."
He heard nothing, and saw nothing unusual. Until it hit.
"Something hit me right here in my stomach. And then I just stood there, and then it started with pain and hurting, and I went down."
Through a thick vest and a sweatsuit, he was stabbed by the antlers. The broken horns had been in the road, but became airborne in a twist of fate so bizarre.
Janie Rushing with the Kennard-Ratliff Volunteer Fire Department spoke to us after Friday's accident:
"We came to the conclusion that this was in the road and the deer horns stabbed him right [in the stomach.] A car come through and flung it into his side," Rushing says.
"My groin area and my stomach up here was all bloody," recalls Nash.
Airlifted to ETMC in Tyler, the wounds are deep, but a doctor told Nash it nearly was far, far worse.
"It missed the [femoral] artery in my leg by about that much. (less than an inch)" He expects to be able to go home Tuesday though he can't get the moment of the crash out of his mind.
"At night when I sleep, I kinda see the deer run in front of the truck again," he says.
The driver of the vehicle that sent the antlers flying didn't stop, but Paul Nash says several Good Samaritans did. They comforted him as he lay cold and shivering on the pavement. He has no idea who the two men were -- they left when medical teams arrived -- but he wants them to know he appreciates their help.