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Haslet Family Hit Hard By Train Accident

By Jay Gormley, CBS 11 News
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A Union Pacific freight train carries goods. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

A Union Pacific freight train carries goods. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

HASLET (CBSDFW.COM) – Every year, Alliance Community Fellowship Church gives out awards to the children who participate in its football league.  But at this year’s ceremony, the church was giving out love to a Haslet family struck by tragedy.

Amberly Young could not hold back the tears as friends and family extended their support during the event. Her husband, Paul Young remains at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after losing both legs and an arm in a train accident Monday night

“Any time you have a train involved, you have to be realistic,” said Amy Young, Paul’s sister. “I just knew in my heart that he was okay, but I knew it wasn’t going to be good.”

Paul is a foreman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe and is in charge of moving railroad cars from one track to another. He was on the job when he was hit by a train. Paul’s dad says despite the tragedy, his son is resilient.

“His whole personality has shown through,” said Mike Young. “We could not have made it without him.”

Paul’s father says the first thing his son did when he came to in the hospital is grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and he wrote, I need some hugs.”

“All of his sisters and cousins and moms and dads were on that bed giving hugs and so our mantra now is hugs for Paul.”

So far, the 28-year-old has been through two surgeries.  Meanwhile, members of their church are raising money for his wife and two little boys, ages 6 and 3.

The “Paul Young Donation Fund” has been established at Wells Fargo Branches throughout North Texas.

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