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Powell High School quarterback Ethan Asher is in a medically induced coma at a Montana hospital due to injuries he sustained in a truck crash earlier this week.

Asher was driving to school in rural Powell Tuesday morning when the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 lost control and rolled, according to a Park County Sheriff’s Department traffic report provided to the Star-Tribune. Asher, who was not wearing his seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, Powell Activities Director Scott McKenzie told the Star-Tribune.

A Park County Sheriff’s deputy, as well as units from the Powell Fire Department and an ambulance from Powell Valley Hospital, responded. Asher was taken to Powell Valley Healthcare, where he was stabilized. He was then transported to Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, via life flight.

According to a Facebook post from Asher’s mother, Tiffani, once the senior arrived in Billings, doctors performed emergency heart surgery to repair a tear in his aorta. He’s been placed in a medically induced coma, which doctors plan to keep him in until the end of the week, in order to allow the swelling on his brain to reduce and for his body to recover. Tiffani also said the family is worried about a spinal injury, the extent of which won’t be known until after Ethan is out of the coma.

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“(Ethan) has always been a fighter and we don’t expect this to be any different,” Tiffani’s post stated. “We thank you all for the overwhelming support and ask that you continue to pray along with us for God to make our son whole again.”

An investigation into the crash concluded that Asher veered onto the shoulder and then over-corrected to his left, sending the truck into a sideways slide. The truck hit a wire fence and completed three rolls before coming to a rest in an open field.

This is the first week of classes for students at Powell High School. Powell opens its football season this Friday at Riverton.

Asher has played football all four years at Powell. As a sophomore he became one of the Panthers’ defensive leaders. He impressed in the following summer camp and usurped returning standout Kaelan Groves as Powell’s starting quarterback.

Last season, Asher averaged 106 all-purpose yards per game and was the seventh-best passer in Class 3A. Asher also averaged 5.9 tackles per game. He’s also the younger brother of two time all-state selection Brooks Asher.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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