The college football world is still in mourning and shock over the car accident that killed Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The car crash in rural Wisconsin also left LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye seriously injured with second-degree burns to his left leg and stitches to his head.
With the severity of the car crash — police believe the car hit a wet spot on the road, slid off the road and down a 40-foot embankment before hitting a tree — it is lucky Delahoussaye is alive. How lucky is still just emerging.
It might have been the fire that saved Delahoussaye’s life.
“All he remembers is that the fire was burning his leg and that woke him up,” said Dwayne Delahoussaye, Colby’s father, to Ross Dellenger of The New Orleans Advocate. “He was knocked unconscious. The burning sensation revived him. That’s all he remembers. He doesn’t even know how he got out. He doesn’t know where he crawled out of.”
The three were at a kicking camp outside of Milwaukee and traveling to a wedding reception when the accident occurred. Delahoussaye was in the back seat of the two-door car when the accident occurred.
Somehow Delahoussaye escaped and called 9-1-1 on his iPhone. He reportedly has no memory of how this all occurred.
Monday he spoke to Sadler’s mother. He is expected to be back in Baton Rouge this week. LSU has called in a burn specialist to help treat Delahoussaye’s injury, according to The Advocate. It is the last thing on his mind, but second-degree burns take 10-21 days to recover from.
Delahoussaye is certainly fortunate to be alive.