Graham Nissen, an Earlham College senior hit by a train along with two fellow students earlier this month in Richmond, is back home in Columbus recovering from injuries he suffered in the accident, his mother said Monday.
Karen Nissen, Graham’s mother, said her son “is on the road to recovery. All his injuries will heal with time and hard work.”
Meanwhile, Lenore Edwards of St. Louis, another student who attended the eastern Indiana college, died Sunday as a result of severe injuries she suffered in the same accident.
“We’re just devastated with news of Lenore’s death,” Karen Nissen said.
Police in Richmond said they’re still investigating the train incident and are awaiting toxicology reports.
The students were struck by a train traveling an estimated 40 mph near the intersection of North 8th and E streets in Richmond around 1:15 a.m. Nov. 9.
“The students were observed by train personnel standing too close to the tracks while gesturing to the train just before the three were struck. (The impact) sent them careening across North 8th Street, where they came into contact with fixed objects,” Richmond Police Lt. Bryan Ervin said.
Edwards became the second person to die as a result of the incident, which occurred as the three students walked in Richmond’s Historic Depot District early that morning, police said.
Therese Heymann of Burlingame, Calif., a third Earlham College student, died at the scene.
Earlier this month — three days after the accident — Nissen posted on his Facebook page that his condition was improving, and he was looking forward to returning home to Columbus after emergency treatment at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where he and Edwards were initially taken.
“Hey everybody, I love you all so much. Your support means the world to me. I am doing much better under loving care of my family and the great hospital staff here in Dayton. I can’t wait to get back and hug each and every one of you. Peace and love, Graham.”
Nissen is the son of Karen and Don Nissen, who is director of information management at the Columbus Area Visitors Center on Fifth Street.