How did Graylan Paul Spring die? Second SFA student dies after critical injuries, Horror crash explained

Graylan Paul Spring, a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, passed away on Friday after being involved in a car crash north of Corrigan. Let’s see How did Graylan Paul Spring die and about the car crash incident in detail.


How did Graylan Paul Spring die?

According to a statement from the SFA Athletic Department, a second year Stephen F. Austin State University student-athlete, Graylan Paul Spring, passed away from wounds sustained in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 59 just north of Corrigan on Friday afternoon.

According to a news statement from the Corrigan Police Department, wide receiver Graylan Paul Spring, 19, of Austin, was flown by helicopter on Friday while in serious condition to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe. His mother posted on social media that he passed away on Saturday night.

She wrote,

“We are saddened to inform that Graylan passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023, following a tragic car accident. A heartfelt thank you to the first responders and ICU staff at HCA Conroe for their valiant efforts and compassionate care.”

All are invited to a candlelight vigil that will take place at Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

The institution reports that another 18-year-old student Micah Alan McAfoose, a former member of the SFA baseball team, also passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

SFA Athletics Department wrote

“The entire SFA family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Graylan Spring and baseball student-athlete Micah McAfoose,” 

“Graylan and Micah were two special people who meant so much to Stephen F. Austin, our football and baseball programs and our athletic department. We ask that everyone keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time.”

Crash Incident:

According to a news release from the Corrigan Police Department, McAfoose was driving a 2007 Nissan Versa southbound on U.S. Highway 59 in Corrigan with Spring as his passenger when an 18-wheeler made a left turn heading northbound from Plant Road.

The 18-wheeler’s trailer was damaged when the Nissan hit it, trapping the vehicle beneath. According to the press release, McAfoose “succumbed to his injuries on impact.” Spring was flown by chopper to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, where his condition was reported as critical.

While Corrigan police were unable to identify the identity of the 18-wheeler’s driver on Saturday night, Antonio Sandoval Jr., 68, of Diboll, was named as the driver in a Polk County Today report that claimed he allegedly refused to yield to the oncoming car.

The Corrigan Police Department is still looking into the crash, which also received assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department.


Who was Graylan Paul Spring?

Graylan Paul Spring was a second year student at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Graylan was adored by a large number of people and lived his life with a kind smile and a pure heart. He will always be remembered and sadly missed.

SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas and SFA head football coach Colby Carthel both also issued statements.

Cardenas said,

“Micah was a very special person who always had a smile on his face.  He was one of the most fun-loving kids we have ever had in our program.  He will be missed by our players and staff.”

Carthel said,

“Our hearts are broken at the loss of Graylan, and our prayers go out to the amazing Spring family.  What a tremendous loss for those of us fortunate to know Graylan.  He was a true champion, both on and off the field, and his legacy will love on forever within the Lumberjack football program.”


Tributes to Graylan Paul Spring – #LivelikeGray

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.

Graylan, we love you. Always smiling, a friend to everyone, truly inspiring to anyone that knew you. Fierce competitor at all times. There is no one else like you. You will be missed forever and we will always keep you in our heart. Rest in Peace, Gray #watermoccasin #11

-Vandegrfit Football.


VHS Cross Country sends our deepest condolences to the Spring family for the loss of Graylan, a beloved former Vandegrift student athlete.
-Viper Racing.


Our prayers are with the Spring family, all of Graylan’s loved ones, and the Vandegrift community. Rest in peace, Graylan.

-Lady Viper Basketball.


Devastating news. On behalf of the Dripping Springs FB community, we send our sincerest condolences. We will be praying for Graylan’s family and the entire Vandegrift community. Rest in Peace, Graylan.

-Dripping Springs Football.


Thoughts & prayers to the Spring family…Graylan had a smile on his face everyday and will be missed

-Nik Nelson.


One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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