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Norman man, 45, survives train collision

Published: August 14, 2012

NORMAN (AP) — Family members say a 45-year-old Norman man is recovering after he was struck by a train last week.

Mitchell Hammons was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train early Wednesday in Norman. Hammons' mother, Marilyn Casetta, says her son was listening to music on headphones and did not hear the train approaching. Casetta says Hammons felt vibrations from the train but slipped and fell onto the tracks.

Hammons was able to pull himself from the track after the collision and a train engineer called for help. Casetta says her son has undergone four surgeries to amputate both legs above the knee because of the collision.

Casetta tells The Norman Transcript it's a miracle her son survived. He's now being treated at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.