EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMan Injured In Clay County Crash Speaks Out
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 7, 2013 9:47 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 11:08 PM EDT
Wallback , Clay County , West Virginia
One of those survivors of a Clay County crash that killed a teen is speaking out, and recalling the moments leading up to the crash.
Cory Barnes, 19, is now left with mixed emotions over the wreck that killed one girl, but spared his life and nine others.
“I remember the one driving, Isaac Murphy, him just sitting there screaming and crying,” Barnes said. “It happened so fast, then the next thing I know, I woke up in the hospital.”
From his hospital bed, with an injured hand, back and knee, Barnes considers himself lucky for surviving a crash that threw him from the truck.
“I feel very lucky,” he said. “God must have been with us. I hope the others pull through. It’s horrible.”
The friends had been ghost hunting in Clay County Tuesday night, and all 11 piled into a pickup truck to head for home, six in the front and five in the back.
Barnes was among those in the bed of the truck. He said it's something they do all the time.
“Where I'm so used to it, I never thought something like that would happen,” he said.
“We've done it a lot, (to) just go up there and see if you see anything and come back home.”
But, this time, they didn't make it home, wrecking at about 4 a.m. The crash sent 10 of the friends to the hospital. Kara Conley, 17, died on scene.
For Barnes, he said it’s hard to put into words how he's feeling - guilty that Conley died, a girl he just met that night through friends, but thankful he and his other friends are alive.
“It’s always going to be with us forever,” Barnes said.
He said it will serve as a wake-up call to them all.
“I just keep thinking it could have been me, and not her,” he said. “I have a three-year-old son and he would have grown up without his dad. It makes you think before you go out and have fun. Better make sure you're safe and everyone else is safe.”
Barnes expects to be released from the hospital Wednesday.
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