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East Carolina DL Terrell Stanley hospitalized in critical condition after car accident

Nick Bromberg
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Terrell Stanley (R) (USA Today Sports Images)

East Carolina's Terrell Stanley is listed in critical condition after a single-car accident Wednesday morning.

According to the school, Isaac Harris was in the car with Stanley, who is the driver. Harris was transported to Vidant Medical Center and released after a precautionary evaluation. Vidant is where Stanley is hospitalized.

The school says that the players were on their way to campus from an off-campus residence when the accident occurred.

"Terrell is under the best medical care possible, and while he has showed signs of steadily improving, we ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers," ECU coach Ruffin McNeil said in a statement Thursday evening. "His parents, sister and other family members are here with his teammates and coaches, and together we have been and will continue to be a force that runs deep with support and inspiration."

Stanley started 12 games in 2013 and had seven sacks and 46 tackles. East Carolina beat Ohio in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl on Dec. 23 for its 10th win of the season.

Unfortunately, this is the fourth car accident involving college football players since July.

September, Cincinnati OL Ben Flick and Sean VanDyne, a Miami (Ohio) student, died in a single-car accident. Cincinnati's Javon Harrison and Mark Barr were also passengers in the car. The four were traveling back from the Miami-Cincinnati game.

In July, Ole Miss lineman Park Stevens was killed in an accident. Later that month, Texas A&M's Polo Manukainiu and Utah's Gaius Vaenuku were killed in an accident in New Mexico. The two were cousins, and their 13-year-old cousin also died in the crash.

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