Harriman church holds prayer service for victims of Friday train

Harriman church holds prayer service for victims of Friday train crash that killed 2, injured 2

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Hunter Crass (Photo Courtesy: mcscots.com) Hunter Crass (Photo Courtesy: mcscots.com)
Hundreds gathered on Sunday to pray for the families of those lost and those still recovering. Hundreds gathered on Sunday to pray for the families of those lost and those still recovering.
"They've got to be a miracle. For the two of them to live. For anybody to live out of a train crash. It had to be a miracle,” said Tedder. "They've got to be a miracle. For the two of them to live. For anybody to live out of a train crash. It had to be a miracle,” said Tedder.
Harriman, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - The community of Harriman continues to band together after Friday’s train crash that took the lives of two young people.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a car was crossing the railroad tracks near the intersection of Highway 27 and Tanglewood Road around 9 p.m. Friday when it was hit by the train in the passenger side.

Of the car’s four occupants, two were killed, the other two seriously injured.

18-year-old Jadah Gallaher and 22-year-old Roderick Drummond were killed.

20-year-old Hunter Crass and 21-year-old Darius Gallaher, the driver of the car, remain in critical condition at UT Medical Center.

Crass is the son of Neil Crass, head pastor of Big Emory Church in Harriman.

The congregation of Big Emory gathered Sunday morning for a prayer service for the victims of the crash.

Part of the message of Sunday’s sermon, delivered by a deacon, was to “pray without ceasing.”

And that’s exactly what the church members have been doing since Friday’s accident.

"We had heard and we were praying about the people that were hurt in the train wreck but we had no idea it was our Hunter,” said church member Fred Tedder, who is Hunter’s great uncle.

Tedder says the accident has devastated the community of Harriman; a shock to lose two young lives, and nearly two more.

"They've got to be a miracle. For the two of them to live. For anybody to live out of a train crash. It had to be a miracle,” said Tedder.

So they’re now doing the only thing they can, which is to pray.

They prayed first today for the friends and family of Jadah and Roderick.

"I just pray that the Holy Spirit will put his arms around them and they would feel God's presence,” said Tedder.

They’re also praying fervently for Hunter and Darius.

"Hunter is a precious young man and he's been that way his whole life,” said Tedder.

Deacon Larry Perkins says Hunter and Darius are best friends.

Hunter would often bring Darius to church with him.

"He's just an outstanding young man. You don't find many like him,” said Tedder.

So as they are in the hospital, as long as it takes, Big Emory Church will be praying for them.

Praying, as their sermon said, without ceasing.

"It's going to be a long battle for both of them but they'll come through this. Who knows what God will do with those two boys when they come out of this thing and be victorious,” said Tedder.

Big Emory Church opened its doors the night of the crash, and says more than 100 people showed up to pray for the victims.

At this time, no criminal charges or citations have been filed in relation to the accident.

A man who witnessed the accident Friday night told 6 News it appeared the car never heard or saw the train coming.

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