Pedestrian hit by train tells story of recovery

Updated: Sep. 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's been five months since Clarence Williams was hit by a train on April 21st while trying to take a shortcut underneath the train near Prater Street.

"I made a bad decision to cross the tracks and the train started to move. I found myself caught up underneath the bottom of it," recalled Williams.

Williams still remembers that night and the moments that followed.

"I do remember my limbs were still in tact, but it was like they were dead. They wouldn't move. I remember crossing and taking one leg and crossing over my body and taking my arm and crossing over my body and I had a cane. I was trying to get to a place I thought a driver or person would see me," said Williams.

Before help would get there the pain would set in letting him know he was still alive.

"The pain took over and it was like my whole body was on fire. So I'm just laying there and I'm talking to God and saying - 'I know you are not going to let me die here,'" explained Williams.

Doctors had to remove both his legs and left arm. More than half a dozen surgeries later, Williams is back home. He's learning to get around in a wheel chair and depend on others - something he said he's not used to.

"I worked at the Port of Lake Charles for years doing some of the hardest labor around to provide for my family. Now I can't do much. I feel like an infant... that's what it's like for me. To be a baby in this world and I can't even fetch a glass of milk for myself," said Williams.

The husband and father of four admits it hasn't been easy, but he said they don't let him feel sorry for himself.

"They motivate me. When I see my children waking up every morning to go to school - I know that they need me," said Williams.

It was that motivation that helped him make a huge milestone back in July.

"I stood up for the first time on two prosthetics. I stood up for the first time since the night of my accident and I never thought I would get that far. And I actually stood up on two," said Williams.

While he believes he will walk again, Williams is thankful for every day he's still here.

"I'm limited. But I'm made to understand that we are all limited. There's only so much any of us can do," said Williams.

With that sense of spirit he's making every moment count and said through faith anything is possible.

"I want to sing. I want to sing for the Lord. I want to be able to get my dance back on - as they say 'I want to get my dance on,'" said Williams.

If you would like to help the family, an account set up at Chase Bank: Account # 993265610.

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