The Clemson football team was finishing up its Tuesday practice as it normally does, with head coach Dabo Swinney addressing the team, when the coaches and players reportedly heard a collision.
According to a report by ClemsonTigers.com, at least one car had crashed on Perimeter Road, above the east side of the Tigers’ practice facility. Following the collision, the car “fell approximately 100 feet down the hill, coming to rest about 20 feet from the Seneca River,” according to the report.
Players, coaches and personnel all ran from the field to the edge of the river, where Swinney reportedly stopped several players from swimming across the river to help the driver of the car. Instead, student managers Jack Wardlaw and Jack Sari, student athletic trainers Scott Crothers and Bailey Black, student coach Daniel Boyd and videographer Eric Suttles swam across the river to reach the driver.
“When we got to the edge of the water I think our entire team was ready to jump in and help, but I held them off (by blowing my whistle) to let those who were experienced in this area go across,” said Swinney.
Student athletic trainers Rachel Alterio and Ana Wright also went to the scene to provide help in removing the driver from the car, and the students stayed with the driver until EMS personnel arrived.
The accident became personal for Swinney and his son, Will, a freshman receiver at Clemson, when they realized that the driver was Clary Miles, a high school classmate of Will’s whom Dabo coached in summer little league baseball.
“I have known Clary since he was eight years old,” said Dabo, who reportedly visited Miles in the hospital Tuesday night. “I am just thankful we were out there and could get to him quickly and direct the EMS to where he was. It might have been a while before anyone found him had we not been there.”
As of Wednesday morning, Miles was still in a local hospital recovering from the collision.
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