A horrific accident has caused former LSU OL Matt Branch to lose his left leg.
According to a report from The Clarion Ledger, Branch and some friends were duck hunting and had loaded their guns up into a truck. Then, a dog jumped in the bed and inadvertently pulled the trigger.
Per Branch’s friend and hunting partner, Micah Heckford, the dog pushed the safety off and pulled the trigger, hitting Branch in the left thigh:
“At approximately 9:40 a.m., David Joe, David, Matt and I were all standing around the bed of the (Polaris) Ranger and Matt had laid his gun down flat in the bed of the Ranger and walked around on the passenger side to finish loading up,” Heckford said. “I was at the tailgate no more than four feet away from him.”
Seeing that the hunters were loading the vehicle, another hunting companion, a Labrador retriever named Tito, jumped in the bed of the Ranger. As he walked around finding a place to sit, he stepped on the safety of Branch’s shotgun and pulled the trigger.
“The gun shot,” Heckford said. “Everybody looked up. The first thing I saw was Matt and within two to three seconds he realized he was hit.”
The leg has since been amputated and Branch has had to undergo several surgeries, but is expected to survive the accident. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the medical expenses.
Branch played for the Tigers from 2008 to 2011 before taking a medical scholarship following a number of injuries.