MARSHALL, Texas — An East Texas high school student was tragically killed after hitting a feral hog just north of Marshall, Texas, this morning.
Around 6:30 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jean Dark says troopers responded to a one-vehicle crash on Farm-to-Market (1997) near County Road 4008 approximately five miles north of the Marshal city limits in Harrison County.
"Preliminary crash reporting indicates that the driver of a 1999 Ford F-150, Hayden Alexander Blalock, 17, of Marshall was traveling west on FM-1997 and struck a wild hog that was on the roadway," stated Dark. "The vehicle went off the roadway to the right where it struck a culvert at CR-4008 and rolled over several times."
Blalock, who wasn't restrained, according to police, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy George.
“Marshall ISD and the Maverick family are devastated this morning with the loss of Marshall High School senior Hayden Blalock, who was killed this morning in an automobile accident,” the Marshal ISD stated on Facebook. "Please join us as a community as we wrap our arms around Hayden’s family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time."
Blalock was a member of the Marshall FFA and Maverick football team.
"Please remember our Maverick Family in your thoughts and prayers today," continued the statement from the district.