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04/05/07 - Timpson

Student Recovering After Being Hit by a Train

by Ramonica R. Jones

Freddarius Anthony's car collided with a train on just north of Timpson I.S.D. Authorities believe he was trying to beat a train heading his way.

The high school senior is a track and field star at Timpson High School. T.I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. Leland Moore was one of the first people on the scene after Wednesday's wreck.

"The doctor's conclusions were that there was no broken bones and nothing injured internally, so that's a blessing."

Anthony was on his way to an after school track practice when the crash happened. Witnesses said his car now looks like a soda can that was run over by a truck. Miraculously, doctors are expecting him to be okay.

Norman Cobb, T.I.S.D. Athletic Director, said, "The other players were already on the track and when they heard about this they asked, 'we gotta go check on Fred' and I said 'go', and then they took off and pretty much disrupted track practice Wednesday. Seeing the helicopter come over I think frightened all of them and when they said life flight I think it really scared them."

Despite his injuries, Moore and Coach Cobb said Anthony is the type of athlete that will be determined to show up for the next big track meet. If he does, they will be cheering for him, just as they are cheering for his recovery.

Anthony was life-flighted to a Shreveport hospital. He is expected to be home before the weekend.

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