Posted: Jan 2, 2012 6:17 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Jan 2, 2012 6:24 PM
A Franklin man survives after being hit by a train early this morning.
Da' Shawn Granger said, "I could have been dead, and I thank God I'm here."
Twenty-one year old Granger said he never even heard a train coming. He was riding his bike home after going to the store, crossing railroad tracks at the intersection of Willow and Anderson St., something he said he's done hundreds of times.
"After that I don't know what happened," he said. "I was just was on the ground."
Officials said the railroad crossing arms were down and Da'Shawn was trying to go around them, but couldn't make it in time.
His mom, Shirley Granger, lives a few blocks over from where the accident happened.
"I heard the ambulance and sirens, but I didn't think anything of it," she said.
She said, at six Monday morning police came knocking at their door saying her son had been hit by a train, but was alive.
"I was shocked," she said. "People I knew that got hit by a train, they never lived. He's one of the blessed ones."
Da'Shawn has few broken ribs and scratches on the head, but said he's feeling okay. He says he's just thankful he lived to tell about it.