DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — A Del Valle Middle School football player was rushed to the hospital Tuesday evening after he was injured during a game against Cedar Creek Middle School in Bastrop.
A Del Valle Independent School District spokesperson says the student was taken by STAR Flight helicopter to a nearby hospital. The district is not releasing any information on the type of injury the player sustained or the student’s condition.
A similar accident happened around the same time at Elgin Middle School’s homecoming game against Hutto Middle School. A spokesperson for Elgin Independent School District says Kendall Hudson was injured during the Tuesday night game and taken by STAR Flight to a hospital. Elgin ISD says Hudson was treated and released Tuesday night.
Hudson’s mother told KXAN he has a minor fracture in his lower back, but is doing well.
In both cases, the students weren’t close to a trauma center. Emergency helicopter operators say sometimes distance plays a role in whether someone is airlifted.
“The drive time may be anywhere from 30-45 minutes, and also you have to take into account traffic in the region,” said STAR Flight Chief Clinical Supervisor Ashley Voss-Liebig. “STAR Flight can get those patients moved to a comprehensive trauma center in about 10 minutes.”
Still, Voss-Liebig says STAR Flight only responds to the most severe cases.
“They’re calling us for the worst of the worst case scenarios,” she said. “So it would be a traumatic injury, a head injury, long bone fractures, spinal fractures, any concern where there is legitimate trauma, where time is of the essence.”
Voss-Liebig says even taking a few extra minutes off of the trip to the hospital can make all of the difference in whether someone with a severe concussion survives.