Victims named following car colliding with train in Harriman Fri

Victims named following car colliding with train in Harriman Friday night

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2 were killed and 2 injured in the train, car collision Friday night. 2 were killed and 2 injured in the train, car collision Friday night.
Darius Gallaher (Photo Courtesy: Roane State Community College) Darius Gallaher (Photo Courtesy: Roane State Community College)
Rod Drummond (Photo courtesy: Roane State Community College) Rod Drummond (Photo courtesy: Roane State Community College)
Jadah A. Gallaher (Facebook) Jadah A. Gallaher (Facebook)
Hunter Crass (Photo Courtesy: mcscots.com) Hunter Crass (Photo Courtesy: mcscots.com)

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - Two are dead and two injured following an accident where a train hit a car Friday night in Harriman.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, around 9 p.m. the car was traveling westbound on Tanglewood Drive when it was struck by a train at a Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing.

Roderick Patrick Drummond, 22, of Greeneville, South Carolina and Jadah A. Gallaher, 18, of Harriman were both killed in that crash.

They were passengers in the car that was hit.

Driver of the vehicle, Darius J. Gallaher, 21, of Harriman was injured along with another passenger of the vehicle, Hunter O. Crass, 20, of Harriman.

The conductor and engineer of the train were not injured.

Darius Gallaher and Roderick Drummond are listed on the Roane State Community College roster for the school's basketball team.

No criminal charges or citations have been filed at this time. Both Crass and Gallaher are in critical condition at UT Medical Center.

THP says only one man witnessed the entire accident.

That man, Robbie Underwood of Oliver Springs, spoke to 6 News Saturday about what happened.

"I don't know that I can ever unsee that," said Underwood, who dialed 911 just seconds after he saw the accident.

As he was driving from Oliver Springs back into Harriman, that’s when he saw the train making its way down the tracks.

"I observed the train. The train was blowing at the crossings," said Underwood.

That's when he says he saw a car coming up Tanglewood Drive, approaching the tracks that the train was headed directly towards.

"The car came up, as though it paused, and then just came up onto the tracks," said Underwood. "I commented to my wife, I said that train is going to hit that car."

Just as he said it, he says the train slammed into the side of the car, carrying it hundreds of feet down the tracks.

"Dear God please let that not be what I think it is. I was trying to think, oh dear God did it miss it," said Underwood.

It appeared to him the people in the car never saw the train coming.

"In my mind, I know I did not see it just because of the way it pulled up and over the tracks, not in a hurry, not like they were trying to beat the train. I just don't think they heard it," said Underwood.




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