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Police identify teens hit, killed by Amtrak train in Smithfield

Two teenagers were hit and killed by a passenger train in Smithfield on Thursday afternoon.

Smithfield police said Robert Naughton, 17, of Selma and Alan Peedin, 18, of Selma, were killed the CSX rail line about 200 yards north of Pinecrest Street, which backs up to the tracks off North Brightleaf Boulevard.

Amtrak’s Train 90, the Palmetto, was headed to New York from Savannah, Ga., when it struck the teens at about 1:50 p.m. about two miles south of the Selma-Smithfield train station, Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said.

Woods described the teens as “trespassers” who were not lawfully allowed on the private train tracks.

None of the 94 passengers on the train were injured, Woods said.

Selma Rescue pronounced both teens dead at the scene. The train stopped briefly while detectives conducted an initial investigation.

“People walk back there all the time,” said Christian Vasquez, 19, who lives on Pinecrest Street. “It’s pretty common.”

The Smithfield Police Department asks anyone with information to contact Detective Ronald Johnson at 919-989-1063.

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