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Police ID Graham boy killed by train

Posted May 27, 2008

— Jacob Smithy, 10, was struck and killed by a train in Alamance County Saturday night.

Authorities say Smithy, who was severely autistic, wandered away from his home near Graham.


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  • oconneygirl May 27, 2008

    Anne - I do not have an engineering degree and I do not know the logistics, but if we can spend millions to explore space, surely we could have some kind of device or sensors on tracks as a mother ANYTHING to make the world we live in a safer place for our children is a start. It only takes a spark to get a fire going!!

  • My opinion not yours May 27, 2008

    Sensors on tracks??? Sounds like a good idea-but do people come up with ideas like this and don't think about the logistics of it? No they don't. They think they can save the world. If you come up with the idea, start making them! Otherwise, stop making crazy ideas!!!

  • Phil in Wilson May 27, 2008

    Anne.....I'm totally with you and actually believe detecting someone would not be the issue. Stopping the train is the problem. If someone steps onto the tracks, even if he / she is seen, it might take miles to stop the train! But it is a Fantastic thought!

  • anne53ozzy May 27, 2008

    I know it is probably too costly to implemet but it seems to me that in a time when we can accurately park a device to explore other planets, we ought to be able to install sensors on tracks to detect the presence of a person well in advance of the approach ofthe train.
    Anyone w a degree in engineering out there who has a notion of such?
    Heartfelt sadness for this family.

  • wildatheart99 May 27, 2008

    God Bless his little soul. My heart goes out to the family and friends.

  • pantheelsfan May 27, 2008

    Thoughts and Prayers are with your family at this time.
    Such a sad story.... GOD BLESS...

  • dogsrule12cheek May 27, 2008

    This is just terrible and a sad story.

    God Bless his family and frineds.