For the second time in less than a week, William Gholston, with a little help this time around, has thrown a scare into those connected to the Michigan State football program.
While the details are very scant at this time, MSU confirmed in a press release late Thursday morning that the defensive lineman and linebacker Lawrence Thomas avoided serious injury when the vehicle in which they were riding rolled over yesterday afternoon.
Here is the school’s statement on the incident:
“William Gholston and Lawrence Thomas were shaken after being involved in a rollover accident Wednesday afternoon,” the statement from associate athletic director John Lewandowski read. “The police responded within minutes of the accident, and thankfully, no one was seriously injured. Fortunately, both of them were wearing their seat belts and that made a difference in ensuring their safety.”
Again, there are no additional details available just yet on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
This past Saturday, Gholston left the Spartans’ spring game early with what ultimately turned out to be less than a bruised knee. Last season as a true sophomore, Gholston was named second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. He was second on the Spartans in tackles for loss (16) and sacks (five), with those good enough for seventh and 11th, respectively, in the conference.
Thomas was a four-star member of the Spartans 2011 recruiting class and the highest-rated player at any position in the state of Michigan. He took as a redshirt as a true freshman last season.
UPDATED 12:36 p.m. ET: The East Lansing State Journal obtained details of the accident by way of the Michigan State Police.
The crash occurred at about 3:40 p.m., after another vehicle attempted to change lanes and cut off a four-door Hyundai sedan driven by an East Lansing women, who lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the path of a Chevrolet SUV driven by Gholston, according to Trooper Greg Galarneau.
The vehicles of Gholston and the East Lansing woman collided and rolled into the ditch on the shoulder, with Gholston’s SUV settling on its side and the other car on its top, said Galarneau, who added that all three people were wearing seat belts and air bags deployed. No tickets nor citations were issued.