2 teens killed when hit by train in Smithfield
Posted January 22, 2015
Smithfield, N.C. — Two Smithfield-Selma High School students were killed Thursday afternoon when they were hit by a northbound Amtrak train in Smithfield.
The students were identified as Robert Naughton, 17, and Alan Peedin, 18. Both were sophomores at the school, school officials said.
Grief counselors will be at the school on Friday, officials said.
The accident happened at about 2 p.m. near the intersection of Shelter Way and North Brightleaf Boulevard as the train approached the Selma station.
Both teens were pronounced dead at the scene, Smithfield police said.
"It's devastating. I have children of my own and it's something I don't like to do," Smithfield police Lt. R.K. Powell said. "It's just very difficult."
Investigators have not said why the two boys were on the railroad tracks.
No one was injured on the train, The Palmetto, which was traveling between Savannah, Ga. and New York City.