Roane County train crash victim says he's lucky to be alive

Roane County train crash victim says he's lucky to be alive

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Hunter Crass was released from the hospital this week. (source: family) Hunter Crass was released from the hospital this week. (source: family)
Hunter Crass and his dad are grateful he survived. Hunter Crass and his dad are grateful he survived.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - One of two surviving victims in a Roane County train crash spoke to 6 News Tuesday after being released from the hospital.

The crash happened a little over a week ago at the Mountain View Road train crossing in Harriman.

Previous story: Victims named following car colliding with train in Harriman Friday night

Rod Drummond, 22, and Jadah Gallaher, 18, died when the train hit their car. Jadah's brother Darius Gallaher, 21, and Hunter Crass, 20, were injured.

Darius Gallaher is going into a rehab center and Crass is out of the hospital.

Crass spoke with 6 News for the first time since the accident that killed two of his friends.

"I just remember going and working out with Darius and Rod and Jadah at Roane State, and then we all planned on going to eat at Cracker Barrel afterwards. The next thing I know, I'm waking up in the hospital and they told me I'd been there for a week," he said.

The deadly accident left Crass with collapsed lungs, bleeding in his brain and many broken bones and cuts. With all of these injuries and more, he says he's lucky to be alive.

"I'm just happy and blessed to be home. Blessed to be alive. It's a miracle I'm still here. I appreciate everyone's prayers and support," Hunter said.

His dad Neil says it's those prayers and God's grace that's keeping his family strong

"We spent the first four or five days when we walked into the ICU, and we would see him there with everything hooked up to him, and we would just break down and cry. One, because we knew how hurt he was, and two, because we knew what a miracle it was that he was alive," he said.

"God has me here for a reason. He kept me alive for a reason and I hope to use that for the best," said Hunter.
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