UPDATE 9/13/13 @ 10:30 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from the Buffalo area of Putnam County is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a freight train Friday afternoon.
Deputies say a train hit 23-year-old Jonathon Higginbotham about 3:45 Friday.
Neighbor Kimberly Carpenter said she heard the train screeching before it hit Higginbotham. She said she quickly went outside to see what was happening.
“There was a woman that was crying, and my best friend's mom went over to her and asked her what was wrong, and she said that she tried to yell at him,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter tells WSAZ.com she was shocked when she saw the victim because it was her friend.
“He was responding, you know he had his hands behind his head and he could move his head and well I seen them pull him out and then I knew it was Jonathon," Carpenter said.
Police say the accident happened near Lock 9 in the area between Midway and Buffalo.
Although officials say the train dragged Higginbotham a long distance, he suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“God was with him, I know that,” Carpenter said.
Higginbotham was taken to a nearby hospital but is expected to be OK.
This happened about 4 p.m. Friday along Route 62.
Deputies tell WSAZ.com that Jonathan Higginbotham, 23, was walking on the tracks between Buffalo and Midway.
Higginbotham was hit by a train and dragged beneath it for several feet.
He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
It happened about 4 p.m. Friday near Lock 9.
The man was taken to the hospital.
His name and condition have not been released.
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