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Kenly teen was hanging out by tracks before being struck and killed by Amtrak train

Posted August 16, 2015

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— Kyle Joyner, 16, was hanging out with friends near the train tracks when he was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Wilson County early Sunday, according to his stepmother.

Cindy Joyner was told by a sheriff’s investigator that her stepson was messing around and throwing chairs at a friend’s house when one of the chairs ended up on the train tracks. A freight train came barreling down the southbound tracks at the same time Kyle Joyner went to retrieve the chair.

“One train was coming by, and he didn’t hear the other train,” said Kyle Joyner’s father, Dean Joyner.

“It didn’t seem real and it doesn’t seem real now,” said Cindy Joyner. “It doesn’t seem real.”

Dean and Cindy Joyner were out of town when they received a call about the accident. The couple had gone to Virginia to celebrate the birth of Cindy Joyner’s first grandchild. Kyle Joyner had stayed at home to hang out at his friend’s house near the railroad tracks.

An Amtrak spokesperson said Sunday morning that train No. 98 hit Joyner in Kenly near the intersection of highways 301 and 581 at around 2:45 a.m. The train was headed to New York City- a place Kyle Joyner had dreamed of visiting one day.

“He wanted to do a lot of traveling and see the world mostly,” said Cindy Joyner.

According to his father and stepmother, Kyle Joyner liked to fish, hunt and listen to music. He was also able to make his friends and family laugh.

Cindy Joyner, who knew Kyle Joyner for four years, said that she felt a close bond with him.

“I just feel like he’s my son because I just connected with him,” said Cindy Joyner. “[He was] hilariously funny, so smart, so a typical teenager, but not.”

Friend Corey Clark said that the impact Kyle Joyner had on him extends beyond friendship.

“He was a very lovable person and it was too early for him,” said Clark. “Words can’t explain how he was and what he meant to me.”

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  • Angie Cox Aug 17, 2015
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    you are considered an adult at 16 in the state of NC.

  • Bigman BlackandDecker Aug 17, 2015
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    1 train was going west at 50mph and the other was coming from the north at 30mph, but against the wind. windspeed was approx. 28mph.

  • Mark Freeman Aug 16, 2015
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    For the love of all things holy people, a young man is dead and you're debating the worth of Amtrak and why he was on those tracks at all that night. We still value life more than that both online and off.

  • Caitlin Stevens Aug 16, 2015
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    No one here is being Cruel ! It is a Fact: If you do not get on rail road tracks you can't possibly get hit by a train, PERIOD !!!!!
    Trains seldom leaves the tracks to chase down an individual !

  • Marcy Lyn Aug 16, 2015
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    There were two trains. He didn't hear the second train coming from behind.

  • Marcy Lyn Aug 16, 2015
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    Uh, He is a teenager an his parents were out of town. 16 is old enough to be home alone.

  • Caitlin Stevens Aug 16, 2015
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    Jim Hugs,,,,,Please explain how your comment could Possibly even in the most ambiguous way relate to this story !!!

  • Dennis Perkerson Aug 16, 2015
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    Did any of you read the story before you commented.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Aug 16, 2015
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    What a blow to the family. Nothing good happens after midnight. At least alcohol was not listed as a factor, which it often is. Double tracks are to be kept in mind by us all.

  • Ray Lee Smythe Aug 16, 2015
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    Horse playing on or near railroad tracks. Never a good idea.

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