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Man hit by train devotes life to help save others

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GREENWOOD, MO (KCTV) -

He survived being hit by a train and learned to walk again after a spinal cord injury. Now, he is devoting his life to help saving others.

Danny Muchmore says many people who have spinal cord injuries fear they'll have less of a life, unable to move about like they once did.

He says he is living proof that an injury can be overcome and mistakes can be learned from.

Muchmore is a dirt bike enthusiast. He has ridden motorcycles and dirt bikes for 22 years and nearly lost his life doing what he loves.

"A friend stopped by and had put some new parts on his motorcycle, so I said let's go out and run around and try it," Muchmore said.

They decided to ride their bikes along some railroad tracks in Greenwood, MO.

Underneath his helmet and the roar of his bike, Muchmore had no idea a train was behind him barreling toward him.

"That's pretty inattentive to not hear an Amtrak coming at 78 miles an hour. It was on the horn. It was on its brakes," Muchmore said.

A snow plow on the front of the train struck Muchmore from behind.

"The bike and I both got thrown out to the right of the train. We were thrown clear. It was very lucky that we were thrown clear," he said.

Muchmore's friend watched his bike fly high into nearby trees.

"I broke two vertebrae in my neck. I had what's called a C-567 jump, where the vertebrae actually jumped over each other, but my spinal cord stayed intact," he said.

After doctors broke his hip to replace a bone in his shattered leg and several surgeries that used titanium to mend his broken vertebrae, Muchmore started his long road to recovery.

He had months of bed rest and had to re-learn to walk.  Barely surviving changed his outlook on life.

"It's beyond luck. It's definitely beyond luck. Its divine intervention there is no doubt about it. There were so many things that happened right that day. The right people were on call. The right doctors were there. The right EMTs were there. The right phone call was made. All the stars aligned," Muchmore said.

He believes his helmet also helped save his life.

"If there was ever an advertisement for motorcyclists wearing a helmet, boy here it is. I'm not saying you will survive a train wreck wearing a helmet, but I'm saying you could survive a train wreck wearing a helmet," he said.

Muchmore said at the time of the crash he didn't realize he should not remove his helmet.

After his injury he says he learned the importance of keeping an injured person still until emergency crews can safely remove them from the scene.

He says officials did not release the names of the train's conductor or engineer but wishes he would have got the chance to apologize to them for riding where he shouldn't have.

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