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Clemson player avoids serious injury in fatal crash

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Reserve Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins suffered a broken leg in a fatal one-car accident Saturday in North Carolina.

Police told WLOS-TV of Asheville, N.C., that Watkins was trapped in the car for more than hour before being taking to a hospital where he spent Saturday night.

A 21-year-old passenger died when the SUV the men were in hydroplaned and struck a power pole, police said.

Clemson players had the weekend off. The No. 3-ranked Tigers defeated North Carolina State, 26-24. Watkins, a sophomore, has five tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss, in three games this season.

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

The crash occurred on the same day that University of Cincinnati freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in an auto accident in Oxford, Ohio.
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