Michigan State football players William Gholston and Lawrence Thomas were involved in a rollover car accident Wednesday afternoon on Eastbound I-96.
Gholston, a junior defensive end, and Thomas, a redshirt freshman linebacker, suffered only minor injuries in the car accident, which took place at approximately 3:40 p.m.
A vehicle attempted to change lanes and cut off a 2010 Hyundai sedan driven by an East Lansing woman, who lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the path of a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Gholston, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The vehicles of Gholston and the East Lansing woman collided and rolled into the ditch on the shoulder. Fortunately, all three people were wearing seat belts and none were seriously injured.
Coincidentally, offensive line coach Mark Staten was driving by on his way to the airport for a recruiting trip and was able to take care of Gholston, said Michigan State police officer Greg Galarneau.
Gholston stated in a tweet yesterday that “you learn to appreciate life everyday.”
Today, Thomas tweeted that he’s “still shook up from yesterday” and that he doesn’t “want to step a foot in another car.”
Thomas also posted a comment on the crash on his Facebook wall Wednesday night.
“God is awesome,” Thomas wrote. “Me and @WillGholston was on the road on our way back home for a little break from school and got into a serious car crash. These 2 car were swerving out of control but one of the cars swerved in front of us in the middle lane. As soon as we hit the car, will flipped in the air 3-4 times and landed in a ditch on the side of the road. Many people was telling us we are so glad we walked away from that with any broken bones. We just have a few cuts, bruises, and soreness. But like I said, God is Good!!!”
Gholston, who is expected to start at defensive end in the 2012 season, is one of the backbones of the Spartan defense. He recorded two tackles for a loss of nine total yards along with a pass break-up in the spring game last Saturday. He suffered a knee injury late in the game as well.
Gholston finished the 2011-12 season with a total of 70 tackles along with 16 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Thomas was placed on the injured reserve list for the Green team and is expected to compete for playing time and provide depth at the linebacker position.