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Barnard back home following wreck

By Daniel Paulling dpaulling@paducahsun.com

Two days after a major car wreck, Marshall County football coach Ron Barnard is returning home.

He was released from Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind., on Sunday after being in a wreck around 2 p.m. Friday. He was driving west on U.S. 68 when his car left the road and hit a tree, according to a news release from the Marshall County Sheriff's department.

Barnard, 45, doesn't remember much of what happened after that. He remembers seeing the first responders and hearing them speak to him and about him, but he couldn't communicate with them.

"It was kind of surreal," he said by phone while riding back from Evansville early Sunday afternoon.

He added the first responders couldn't find a pulse and that he was incubated before being taken to Evansville via helicopter. He said he woke up around 11 a.m. Saturday and plans to visit with doctors for further examination to determine what led to his wreck.

"I don't want it to happen again," Barnard said. "Especially when you have kids in your care, you don't want to put them in that situation. I don't think it's anything major."

He appreciated the support he's received over the past 48 hours.

"It's been overwhelming," Barnard said. "It's extremely humbling. I almost feel guilty taking up people's time. I don't think I'm a big deal. I guess you don't know you're so loved until something like that happens. My family was well taken care of, and that's what I'm most appreciative about.

"That's the thing about western Kentucky. That's why we make our home here. People rally in a time of need. That's the genuine thing about living in a place like this. Everybody has their differences, but when it comes to stuff like this, the human spirit is alive and well. I'm grateful."

Call Daniel Paulling, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8662, or follow on Twitter @DanielPaulling.

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