Mother, child, killed by train laid to rest

December 29, 2009 10:01:32 AM PST
Erin Lindsay-Calkins and her 5-year-old son Nicholas were laid to rest Tuesday even as investigators continue to review the crash that took their lives.

Mourners quietly arrived at The United Church of Chapel Hill where family and friends remembered two young lives tragically cut short.

Lindsay-Calkins, 26, and her son were killed when their vehicle collided with an Amtrak train. Investigators say the woman hit the crossbar at a rail crossing on Mt. Willing Road in Efland.

While nearby resident have complained about the warning signals and gates, railroad officials say all safety equipment was functioning properly at the time of the crash.

Surveillance video of the crash from a camera on the passenger train may shed light on what went wrong, but it will do little to comfort scores of people mourning the loss of a young mother and her child - especially the husband and father forced to live without them.

"She was the most loving person that I ever found. She cared about everything from animals to people and she always listened to everybody," said husband Michael Lindsay-Calkins in an interview last weekend.

For now, Michael says his focus will be on the only survivor in that fatal crash - his infant daughter Aven. Her homecoming from the hospital is bittersweet, but her future - he says - will be bright.

"Just give her the love that her mom would have gave her, and let her know that before she went she loved her," he said.

There's a memorial fund set up for baby Aven and her father. Donations can be made at any NC State Employees Credit Union.

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