Teen injured in crash on way to Garth Brooks concert, family reaches out to star

Thousands of fans gathered in downtown Memphis Thursday to see Garth Brooks perform. But one teenager in route, never made it.

"My dad pulled into the driveway and told me 'Jake's been in a wreck, Jake's been in an accident.'"

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Thursday night, Jake Stroud was headed to see Garth in concert when the unthinkable happened.

"He flipped his truck," Jake’s girlfriend Kaylan Crawford said.

His girlfriend was there.  She said Stroud became pinned underneath his truck.  Once free, Jake’s horrific injuries were revealed.

“Two broken bones in his arm, he broke the biggest bone in his thigh, and he's had surgeries,” Crawford said.

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Family quickly made their way to Regional One, to be by his side.  Support for the Bartlett High Junior also began pouring in from across the country after a family friend created a unique hashtag 'GarthBrooksGoSeeJake.'

"It would bring his spirits up,” the victim’s sister Taylor Stroud said.  “I know he is in a lot of trouble and he wants it to be over-with--and I think Garth would make it better."

To fully understand how much Stroud loves Garth Brooks, you have to hear what he  told his girlfriend moments before he was being rushed into surgery.

"He said he was so sorry we missed the concert,” Crawford said.

For now, Stroud’s family and friends are praying the country-music legend gets wind of the newly created hashtag.

"Everybody would love it,” Taylor Stroud said.  “To see Jake smile, he would love it. Please come."



A teen was is recovering in the hospital after a crash in Arlington.

Tennessee Highway Patrol said the teen was traveling east on U.S. Highway 70 when he traveled off the roadway, crossed the shoulder, and began to roll. The truck then slammed into a culvert before coming to a final rest.

The incident happen just before 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.

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According to THP, he was airlifted from the scene to Regional One.