Hundreds gather to pray for victims of deadly Harriman train acc

Hundreds gather to pray for victims of deadly Harriman train accident

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he Harriman community came together Wednesday night to pray for the victim's of Friday's deadly train accident. he Harriman community came together Wednesday night to pray for the victim's of Friday's deadly train accident.
Hundreds of people came to the Harriman High School gym to pray for the whole community, after several tragedies in the last few weeks. Hundreds of people came to the Harriman High School gym to pray for the whole community, after several tragedies in the last few weeks.
Loved ones and pastors shared words of encouragement and hope. Loved ones and pastors shared words of encouragement and hope.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


ROANE COUNTY (WATE) - The Harriman community came together Wednesday night to pray for the victim's of Friday's deadly train accident.

22-year-old Rod Drummond and 18-year-old Jadah Gallaher were killed when a train hit their car in Harriman. Jadah's brother, 21-year-old Darius Gallaher, and 20-year-old Hunter Crass were injured.

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Hundreds of people came to the Harriman High School gym to pray for the whole community, after several tragedies in the last few weeks. 16-year-old Julie Emily helped organize the event.

"We knew we had to do something to bring the community together. We already knew it was so strong but we knew that we needed to do more to get everyone together and life these families up really quick," Emily said.

Loved ones and pastors shared words of encouragement and hope.

"Whenever trouble comes, whenever there are situations beyond our control,. We have the blessed hope in Christ that he would deliver us," said Jesse Williams, pastor of St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church in Harriman.

"No matter how tough or whatever the situation is, God is always in control," Emily added.

Vickie Davis attended the meeting and is working to make sure more train accidents don't happen in the area. She started a Facebook page aimed at getting more safety measures at railroad crossings.

"This community always does what's right, always. They stand behind you whether it's a tragedy, whether it's a victory but today God got the victory," Davis said.

Roane County officials say there is a meeting planned to discuss options with the railroad company, TDOT and the federal government. But even if changes are approved, they say improvements might not happen for at least a year.

Community members have also set up an online fund for the victims to help pay for hospital costs.

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