“God has a plan for his life,” Community rallies behind Newcastle family after crash sends teens to hospital

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NEWCASTLE, Okla. - A devastating crash has a Newcastle teen in critical condition at the hospital.

Now, his stories and wishes for prayers have been shared thousands of times on social media. His family is hoping it goes even further.

Caleb Freeman, 16, and his brother, Clayton, 14, were on their way from Newcastle to an OU game Tuesday when their car crashed merging onto I-35 from Highway 9.

Both were rushed to OU Medical Center.

Clayton is expected to be released soon, after doctors ruled out any major problems.

Caleb is in the ICU, in critical condition after suffering major brain trauma.

"We're asking you to pray for my son like you would pray for your own," Caleb's father, Jeremy Freeman, said in a plea to anyone who will listen. "I love my son, but I know the Lord loves my son way more than I do. And he’s in the best place possible. He’s in His hands. And he’s in the great care of great doctors here."

​Jeremy is also the pastor at Newcastle First Baptist Church, and the church and the Newcastle community immediately rallied around the family.

"The superintendent showed up, Caleb and Clayton’s basketball coach was here until 3 a.m. last night, the athletic director was here, volleyball coach, other coaches, administrators, it’s been huge support," Jeremy said.

The call for support has been shared thousands of times online, garnering kind words and prayers from across the globe.

It's exactly what Jeremy said is needed at this time.

"We want as many people to pray as possible," Jeremy said. "And so whoever’s listening, whoever would see this, our desire would be that you pray and you rally as much prayer support as you can​."

He's confident strong faith will pull his boy through.

"God has a plan for his life. We don’t think he’s done writing his story yet on this earth so we look forward to celebrating a tremendous miracle when he walks out of this hospital healed and well and can tell everybody what God has done for him," Jeremy said.

Friends and family put together a YouCaring page to help pay for medical expenses for the two brothers.​

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