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Gates to be installed sooner at site where teens died

The site of the March 14 crash. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The site of the March 14 crash. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Railroad arms, lights and signals will be installed sooner than originally expected at an intersection where a crash between a car and train resulted in the death of three teenagers.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials originally said the installation at the Buechel Bank Road intersection would be completed in 2016, but now the work is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2015.

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The news came Monday, nearly a month after the March 14 crash that killed Suk Man Rai, 19, and Chita Chuwan, 16. The driver of the car, Nagin Thapa, 17, died several days later. A fourth teenager was also seriously injured.

KYTC Secretary Michael W. Hancock provided a letter to Louisville Metro Councilman Steve Magre about the commitment.

The letter read in part: “This project is on schedule. Funds have been secured and an estimate and plans have been requested from Norfolk Southern railroad. With no unexpected problems, the new gates, lights and signal may be installed by end of summer 2015.”

In addition to the installations, a tree next to the tracks will be chopped because of its potential to block the view and markings urging people to stop that had been covered by road work will be repainted.

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