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2 teens killed when hit by train in Smithfield

Posted January 22, 2015

— 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.


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  • Donald Holder Jan 27, 2015
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    If they walked that way everyday, they should have known what time the train comes through and to be on the lookout for it.

  • threejay2792 Jan 26, 2015

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    Thanks I agree people should be compassionate. I am very heart broken for the families and friends of those two boys. They both were two of my daughters best friends. RIP Bobby and Alan you are loved dearly and missed so very much. You are gone but will not be forgotten.

  • Barbara Sheppard Jan 23, 2015
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    That's pretty heartless to say to someone who is grieving. You may feel that way, but you don't have to say it to them and cause more pain.

  • btneast Jan 23, 2015

    My teens wear headphones all the time while running.If this isn't a shining example of the danger in doing that, I don't know what is. God gave us ears for a reason. Keeping the volume low enough so that you can hear oncoming danger would be a suggestion.

  • ripbobbynaughton Jan 23, 2015

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    though be aware of the fact that they walked that way almost everyday.... its how they got home so i mean sometimes fate has a way of being cruel.... but thanks for at least having the decency to send your condolences.... thank you.. from all of us

  • ripbobbynaughton Jan 23, 2015

    everybody listen to some common sense.... if yall dont know them then dont say a thing... i Knew both and although they had their flaws (like everybody else) they were two of the nicest most respectful people EVER. Bobby Naughton and Allan Peedin were two saints..... but as they say every sinner has a future, every saint has their past so before you stone somebody down.... look at yourself first.

  • 678devilish Jan 23, 2015

    16 years old. They both knew not to be on the tracks, whether a train was coming or not. A train did come. My condolences to the family and many friends.

  • PowderedToastMan Jan 23, 2015

    Stay off drugs

  • sinenomine Jan 23, 2015

    I was a train watcher when I was a teen. My best friend and I used to watch trains entering and leaving Union Station in Washington DC. We always kept a watch in both directions and usually didn't get right on the tracks. In those days they still had GG 1 electric engines and they were very quiet - they could sneak up on you.

  • Brian McLean Jan 23, 2015
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    I heard it is quite common for people to get hit by a train while walking along the tracks wearing ear buds.