Man Hospitalized After Bizarre Accident

Emergency responders examine the deer antlers that struck Paul Nash in the side. (KTRE News Photo / Jason Youngblood)
Emergency responders examine the deer antlers that struck Paul Nash in the side. (KTRE News Photo / Jason Youngblood)
This pickup was damaged after colliding with a deer on Hwy. 103 West Friday morning. (KTRE News Photo / Jason Youngblood)
This pickup was damaged after colliding with a deer on Hwy. 103 West Friday morning. (KTRE News Photo / Jason Youngblood)

Houston County emergency workers rushed to the scene of a traffic accident just after 7:00 a.m. Friday. But this accident was far from typical.

Gayla File and her boyfriend, Paul Nash, were coming from Ratcliff when they crashed into a deer on Highway 7. What happened next is hard to believe.

Gayla File said, "We was just coming down the road 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 would 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."

Another driver came along and ran over debris from the mangled deer, tossing its antlers into the air. The antlers came crashing down, stabbing Nash in his side.

State troopers have still not identified the driver who ran over the deer's horns.

Janie Rushing, Kennard-Ratcliff V.F.D., said, "We was trying to figure out how this man got stabbed with this deer horn and we come to the conclusion that this was in the road and the deer horns stabbed [him]. 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 ICU.

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