On June 28, N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving suffered personal injuries in an Interstate 40 crash near mile marker 314.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Irving was westbound on I-40 when his vehicle ran into the median and he overcorrected, causing the vehicle to run off the road and collide with two trees. Irving suffered a broken leg and a collapsed lung in the crash.
Irving received paramedic transport to WakeMed, where he was listed in good condition later that evening.
According to Annabelle Myers, sports information director for N.C. State, Irving was traveling from his hometown of Wallace to Raleigh at the time of the accident. Troopers say it appears he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Irving’s mother, Frances Corbett, confirmed Myers’ account, saying that her son was returning to the university from Wallace.
Clendenin said that police charged Irving with careless and reckless driving.
Irving’s status is unknown for the upcoming season.
The junior was an honorable mention all-Atlantic Coast Conference player last season, despite injuries causing him to miss nearly one-third of the season. He tied for third on the team in tackles with 84.