Glenn OK after car accident
BY BRIAN ROSENTHAL/Lincoln Journal Star
Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 06:25:38 pm CDT
Cody Glenn (34) scores a touchdown against Texas Tech in October 2005. Glenn's high school coach says the Nebraska running back totaled his car in a traffic accident Saturday night in Oklahoma. (Ted Kirk)
Nebraska running back Cody Glenn wasn’t injured in an interstate crash that totaled his car Saturday morning in Oklahoma.
Glenn said Tuesday he “kind of dozed off” and ran his 2001 Nissan Sentra underneath an 18-wheeler on Interstate 35 near Purcell, Okla. He eventually jerked the car way from the semitrailer, veered across the median into oncoming traffic, then veered back into the median, where the car came to a rest. There were no other passengers.
“The first thing that came to mind is that I was going to die,” said Glenn, who didn’t need medical treatment. “It was real scary, but thank God I was OK.”
Glenn, a native of Rusk, Texas, was en route to his hometown when the crash occurred Saturday morning around 7:30. He’d embarked on his 13-hour journey from Lincoln at around 1 a.m.
“I learned a lesson from that,” Glenn said. “I’ll make sure (next time) I have plenty of rest and get up in the morning and go.”
Glenn said the trucker was also fine, and that his rig had only a flat tire.
“He made sure I was OK,” Glenn said. “He was really nice about it.”
Nebraska offensive lineman Craig Roark, a native of Ada, Okla., picked up Glenn at the crash site and gave him a ride to Ada. From there, a cousin of Glenn’s, who attends TCU, drove Glenn to Fort Worth. One of Glenn’s high school coaches then drove Glenn from Fort Worth to Rusk.
Wayne Mahaffey, Glenn’s head high school coach in Rusk, said Glenn was very lucky.
“He has a lot to be thankful for,” Mahaffey said. “It could’ve been a tragedy, but he came out of it without even a scratch.”
Glenn, a 6-foot, 230-pound sophomore, is vying for Nebraska’s starting running back position this fall. Glenn ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns on 45 carries as a true freshman. He had 16 carries for 98 yards in Nebraska’s spring game.
Glenn plans on staying in Rusk until the first part of June, when players report to Lincoln for summer conditioning. While back home, Glenn will help substitute teach high school and junior high school, Mahaffey said.
“He and I are going fishing some, too,” Mahaffey said.
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