Woman hit by train; victim’s fiance speaks out on loved one’s condition

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DECATUR, Ala.- "She's gone through so much in her life. Why couldn't it have been me and not her?" Levi Coclough said. Those are powerful words spoken by Coclough; whose fiancée, Desire Barber was hit by a train Tuesday afternoon. Levi said they were crossing the tracks to reach the Salvation Army. "We were staying at the Salvation Army in Decatur because we're homeless", Coclough said.

But in a matter of seconds things took a turn for the worse; Desire was struck by a train. "None of us heard or saw the train coming, and Desire just walked right out in front of it," Coclough explained. He said he just went numb. 'I went to her, rolled her over, and I saw the blood coming; and something clicked, if the heart is still pumping she is still alive," Coclough said.

Desire was taken to Huntsville Hospital. Coclough said thankfully she survived the impact. He said Desire broke her left femur, back, wrist, and elbows. He explained doctors believe it will take her several months to recover.

He said the timing of the incident is ghastly; because they were planning to get married this week; and were steps away from getting off of the streets. But even with the tragedy, Coclough is counting his blessings. "It's the worst thing that could have happened to either one of us, but going through that right now she`s got a bed, she's warm, and is being taken care of," Coclough said.

Levi and Desire have stood side by side for the last two years. Their love for each other and their faith in God is what Levi said is getting them through the rough times. He said Desire has started to wiggle her toes, but is still out of it. She will be celebrating her 39th birthday the day after Christmas.

He has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills. If you would like to donate click here.

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