Rusk County Deputy Recovering From Crash

A Rusk County Sheriff's Deputy is home recovering just four weeks after a devastating car crash in Henderson.  Deputy Glenn Barnes' vehicle rolled six times, leaving him with multiple life-threatening injuries.

"The back tire left the roadway, threw me into a spin and then I spun into the median and going that fast, I flipped six times and wound up in the opposite bar ditch," said Deputy Barnes. The 38-year-old was traveling an estimated 108 to 112 miles per hour while responding to a domestic disturbance call on March 5.

"My sergeant that arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, he didn't recognize the car. He didn't even know it was a patrol car till he heard my voice," said Barnes.  He suffered spleen, lung, and spinal injuries and lost nine pints of blood. He broke six ribs and ruptured part of his small intestines.

As he fought for his life, he said there was one thing that kept him going. "I was thinking about my little girls. I've got two little girls that are eight and one's fixing to be 10 in June," said Barnes.

Buster Barnes, Deputy Barnes' father, says he was moved by the support his family has received from law enforcement since the crash. "There were about 30 officers beside the immediate family that were up at the hospital waiting to find out. We had lots of help," said Buster Barnes.

Doctors say it'll take about eight weeks before Deputy Barnes can go back to work, something he says he's anxious to do.

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive on behalf of Deputy Barnes. Remember, he lost 9 pints of blood in the accident. The average person has 8 to 10 pints of blood. The drive will be at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview this Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you'd like to donate, go to the emergency side entrance and look for the mobile bus.

Oralia Ortega reporting,