(Myrtle, MS) Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad workers worked all day to replace equipment damaged after a train hit a car early Tuesday morning.
It happened as 18-year-old Ben Pace apparently tried to beat the train on his way to school.
The train clipped the back of his SUV, causing serious damage.
”I got to the hospital about the same time the helicopter did,” said the Reverend Jeff Lawrence, who happened to be at the hospital in Tupelo when he learned about Pace’s accident. ”He always has a smile on his face, very polite, a good athlete, good student, just a really, really nice young man”.
He said prayer circles have begun all over the area to pray for his recovery.
Normally the trains that run through here carry several, heavily loaded cars and are nearly impossible to stop.
The train that hit Ben Pace pulled only a few cars, so it didn’t do nearly as much damage.
It’s a common problem, especially at rail crossings without crossing arms.
The slightest misjudgment, can be deadly.
Pace ended up with a broken jaw, fractured neck and several teeth knocked out.
His chances for recovery seem good.
”Well, when I got there I saw them bringing Ben out and I did see one of the nurses talking to him so I did have a little relief he was responsive at that time.”
Because even the best reflexes almost never beat a train.