PERRY, Okla. - A man who was hit by a train and left with a concussion is speaking out after learning that the railway company is blaming him for the accident.
"I was knocked out of it for probably, at least five minutes," Larry Cameron, who lives in Perry, said.
Cameron told News 4 that he's lived in Perry for 10 years, driving over the train tracks on Elm Street often.
However, he says what happened to him recently has never happened before.
"I saw the arms go down on the far track. So I just slowed down. I looked left and there was nothing there. I looked right and I saw the train and I hit the gas, and I got hit. I didn't even know what happened really," Cameron said.
There are crossing arms in front of the second set of tracks, but not in front of the first set of tracks where Cameron was. Not only that, but grass on the side of the tracks is so tall, he said he couldn't see the train coming.
"I finally got out of the car and I'm looking around and somebody asked me if I had a dog in the car and I said, yeah. Well, he went running that way," Cameron said.
Cameron lost his wife in April to cancer and the dog, Hakuna, was her service dog.
With Cameron now on disability, Hakuna is training to be his service dog.
Fortunately, while Cameron was recovering from a concussion, someone found Hakuna several miles away.
"I'm just lucky to have him back. His paws, his front paws, were like skinned back and his back paw is still hurt on the bottom," Cameron said.
After all of that, he's now facing another hurdle with the railway company, BNSF.
"They`re making a claim against my insurance company for shutting down the train and for possible damage to the train," Cameron said.
He's still paying off funeral expenses for his wife. So now, he's hoping for some grace from BNSF.
"It`s not very often that two trains come at the same time. It happens, but not very often," Cameron said.
BNSF sent KFOR the following statement:
"BNSF does not comment on legal actions/claims. As for any changes at a crossing, local road authorities (state, county or city) determine the level of signage and/or signals at crossings, not the railroads. The local road authority would be the contact if changes were made to the signage or signals at a crossing. Road authorities work with the railroads, and the Oklahoma Corporation Commissions, the request for a change begins with the road authority."