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Two people killed by train in Robeson County

Posted September 28, 2008

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— A passenger train collided Sunday with a truck in Robeson County, killing two people.

Biven Lochlear, 19, was driving around the crossbars when his 1995 Chevrolet truck was hit by the Amtrak train, authorities said.

Lochlear and passenger Amber Mercer, 18, were killed.

The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. off Saint Anna Road, near Pembroke.

The collision caused $3,000 worth of damage to the train.

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  • pebbles262004 Sep 30, 2008

    DEATHROW - GET OVER IT THIER IS TWO PEOPLE THAT HAS LOST THIER LIVES YALL NEED TO QUIT CRITIZING IT COULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF YOUR KIDS THAT HAS BEEN KILLED..YES THEY SHOULD HAVE LOOKED BUT THEY DIDNT AND NOW THYE HAD TO PAY AS WELL AS THE FAMIES THAT ARE GRIEVING THIER LOSS RIGHT NOW... MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES THAT WERE INVOLVED

  • Amused Sep 29, 2008

    This is the first time someone was killed in Pembroke by a train. Makes no sense to me to go around the crossing gates. Since I have to cross tracks on my way to and from town, I always put the car in park, roll the window, turn up the music and smoke a ciggy as I wait for a train to pass.

    I agree. Put crossing gates up at EVERY crossing.
    Click to view my profile blablah

    I agree for people to use common sense! Second thought maybe it is a good idea to have one at every crossing for the idiots who don't know to stop and look for a train at a RR Crossing. Cost too much money though. So best rely on common sense. Don't most active RR crossing have a yellow and black R&R sign up anyway??

  • Amused Sep 29, 2008

    I'm one calling for gates at every RR crossing because you can't always see if anything is coming and most of us aren't in the a habit at stopping at all RR crossings unless gates/lights warn us. I zipped through a crossing in Morrisville a few years ago. Wasn't familiar with the area and it wasn't until after I crossed that I realized something could have been coming because there were no gates or lights to warn me. Would I have heard the train whistle had it been coming? Maybe - maybe not. It was fall/winter so my windows were up and the radio was on. So crossing gates would help those who adhere to warnings/signals. As for those who ignore them, Darwin will eventually win.
    Click to view my profile AtALos

    Ever since Driver's Ed as a teenager I've always knew to stop, look both ways before crossing over a railroad track regardless of cross bars and lights. Just seems to come natural to me especially when I see railroad tracks... to look for a train!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 29, 2008

    "drove around the gates? I hope their family has to pay the $3,000 worth of damage."

    The family won't, but their auto insurance definitely will. Which means it will be you and me that pays.

  • rdc Sep 29, 2008

    People are only thinking about themselves when they do crazy things like this. Next time someone thinks they can beat out a train, i wish they would think of the engineer and conductor on the train who has to witness someone being smashed like a pancake. They have to live with that image the rest of their lives. Same with people who commit suicide on the tracks. So Selfish!!!

  • blablah Sep 29, 2008

    This is the first time someone was killed in Pembroke by a train. Makes no sense to me to go around the crossing gates. Since I have to cross tracks on my way to and from town, I always put the car in park, roll the window, turn up the music and smoke a ciggy as I wait for a train to pass.

    I agree. Put crossing gates up at EVERY crossing.

  • AtALost Sep 29, 2008

    I'm one calling for gates at every RR crossing because you can't always see if anything is coming and most of us aren't in the a habit at stopping at all RR crossings unless gates/lights warn us. I zipped through a crossing in Morrisville a few years ago. Wasn't familiar with the area and it wasn't until after I crossed that I realized something could have been coming because there were no gates or lights to warn me. Would I have heard the train whistle had it been coming? Maybe - maybe not. It was fall/winter so my windows were up and the radio was on. So crossing gates would help those who adhere to warnings/signals. As for those who ignore them, Darwin will eventually win.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 29, 2008

    More than likely their families will sue the railroad and WIN. Any jury formed would be sympathetic to the families, no matter what. I’m familiar with a case in a neighboring county in which a guy tried to beat the train and got hurt (but not killed). He sued and won, even though the railroad did nothing wrong. I knew someone on the jury and asked if they thought the railroad did wrong. Answer? “No.”. So then I asked them why they voted against the railroad. The answer? “The railroad has plenty of money”.

  • Caring Sep 29, 2008

    Prayers go out to both familes

  • FromClayton Sep 29, 2008

    drove around the gates? I hope their family has to pay the $3,000 worth of damage.

    And I guess that goes against all those asking for crossing gates at all the crossings. If people are going to drive around them, save the taxpayers money.

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