Nursing Home Residents Hit By Train

Two residents of a North Carolina nursing home have died after authorities say they were struck by a passenger train.

Multiple media outlets report that 39-year-old Billy Richardson and 52-year-old Randy Davis were killed when an Amtrak train struck them at around 6 p.m. Friday in Kannapolis.

The train engineer said it looked like Davis had been trying to pull Richardson off the tracks.

Both men lived at Britthaven Nursing Home, less than a mile from where they were killed.

An Amtrak spokeswoman says the train had left Charlotte and was on its way to Raleigh when it passed through Kannapolis at about 65 mph.

None of the 100 passengers on board were injured. Police are investigating.


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  • by laverne Location: Greenville on Nov 29, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    First of all, why the heck are two able bodied men of their age living at Brittenhaven Nursing Home? Yes, they were able enough to walk away, or roll away on their own accord. Too many nursing homes are admitting homeless drug addicts, and many younger people who were just a menace to society. It’s hard enough for the older population in nursing homes to keep what little dignity they still have, now they have to put up with the disrespect of rooming with thugs who show no respect to patients, or staff. I know what goes on in nursing, ANY MEANS NECESSARY, KEEP THE CENSUS UP!!
  • by so sorry on Nov 29, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    I am so sorry this happen to these men. My question is: why were they out of the nursing home? did they just walk out without being noticed? were they out on some type of pass? So many people just walk out of nursing homes unnoticed. Sure some of them have alarm bracelets on that will go off when they go out the door but half the time the nursing home staff just ignores the alarm when it goes off. They hear bells and buzzers all day and just tone them out. It is a crying shame if that is what happened here. God Bless the families of these 2 men and comfort them as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.
  • by god bless on Nov 28, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    god bless these men and their families. why does everything have to do with politics? and fyi, we have death panels right now! some insurers won't pay for people's major surgeries so tell me that's not a death panel but let's get back on topic! i hope the pd finds out what happened. this is tragic :( May they find peace and rest in peace :(
  • by VANCE on Nov 28, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    Is the Kannapolis Police department investigating?Something just dont set well with me on this one.Did some Idiotic gang have something to do with this?Was it suicide by one and the other tried to save?OR WAS IT OBONGANOMICS AND THEY KNEW THEY WERE DOOMED BY THE DEATH PANELS HE IMPOSES ON HEALTH CARE?!
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