A train slams into a pickup truck and the driver lives to tell the story. Now he's asking that Athens city leaders spend the money on crossing bars before it ends up costing someone their life.
Warren King, 71, sat in his favorite chair Tuesday grateful to be alive after coming face to face with a railway train Monday morning.
"All I can say is that I didn't see the train coming when I pulled on the side of the road," says King.
Athens Patrol Officer Jason Robbins was the first on the scene and spoke with the train operator who said he did everything he could to sound his horns.
"He was blowing the whistle numerous times to alert the driver and he just kept on going slowly across the train tracks," says Robbins.
"I didn't see anything, but I didn't hear anything either, but everybody told me. The train was blowing his horn," adds King.
Locked in his seatbelt and out of time, King said he had no choice but to brace himself.
"It pushed me up there a little bit. It pushed the back windows out and the front windows a little bit. And I rode it out."
When he did get out, amazingly he walked away with only minor bruises.
"When I was sitting down there and looking at that truck and I thought about what could've happened," said King.
Now he says flashing lights aren't enough. He hopes his accident will force city administrators to install a railroad crossing gate.
But the City Manager for Athens tells us that it's not that easy. He says that installing new crossing gates would cost more than $100,000. Even then he says it wouldn't be overnight fix. He said the last set the city installed took 13 years to build.
King says it may be worth it.
"They can spend the money and save the lives."
After such a close call with death, King says he knows one thing for sure.
"It just wasn't my time to go."by Mikaya Thurmond