Harriman pastor returns to pulpit for the first time since train

Harriman pastor returns to pulpit for the first time since train crash that seriously injured his son

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Pastor Neil Crass returned to the pulpit for the first time since the accident that nearly took his son Hunter’s life. Pastor Neil Crass returned to the pulpit for the first time since the accident that nearly took his son Hunter’s life.
He believes the prayers of the community helped Hunter and Darius in their recovery. He believes the prayers of the community helped Hunter and Darius in their recovery.
It's now been two weeks since the deadly train accident in Harriman that took two young lives, and the community is clinging together now more than ever, wrapping its arms around the families of those who survived. It's now been two weeks since the deadly train accident in Harriman that took two young lives, and the community is clinging together now more than ever, wrapping its arms around the families of those who survived.
Harriman, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - It's now been two weeks since the deadly train accident in Harriman that took two young lives, and the community is clinging together now more than ever, wrapping its arms around the families of those who survived.

It was an emotional Sunday morning at Big Emory Church in Harriman, as the congregation finally had its pastor back.

Pastor Neil Crass returned to the pulpit for the first time since the accident that nearly took his son Hunter’s life.

20-year-old Hunter Crass and 21-year-old Darius Gallaher were seriously injured in the May 30 crash that killed 18-year-old Jadah Gallaher and 22-year-old Rod Drummond.

Their car was hit by a train that witnesses say they never saw coming.

Since that time, the Harriman community has been rallying together to support the victim’s families.

"When my son was in the hospital it was like it was the whole community's son,” said Pastor Crass.

Crass says the support his family has received has been unbelievable.

"It's just been kind of overwhelming to see the love of our community and the love of our church coming together,” said Crass.

He says people from all over have been reaching out to them every day over the last two weeks.

"All these people have come together with this one heart of praying for these families and praying for these boys,” said Crass.

He believes the prayers of the community helped Hunter and Darius in their recovery.

Hunter is now back home from the hospital.

Darius is in a rehabilitation facility.

"They were expecting a much longer time period and they just got better a lot quicker than they would have thought,” said Crass.

While it's still a long road ahead, and they may never know why this tragedy happened, Crass says they are holding onto their faith.

"So grateful and thankful for what God has done guiding us through this time,” said Crass.

And the realization that life is so sweet, and sometimes, so short.

"And in just a moment, something like that happens. I think that opens the eyes of individuals who have never looked at how fragile life is,” said Crass.

Pastor Crass says Hunter is still in a lot of pain, but getting better each and every day.

He also says his family went to visit Darius over the weekend and say he is also steadily progressing.

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