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2 JCPS students killed, 2 injured in train collision

Published: Mar. 14, 2015 at 9:24 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2015 at 9:24 PM EDT
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Chita Chuwan (left) and Suk Man Rai (right)
Chita Chuwan (left) and Suk Man Rai (right)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two Jefferson County students were killed and two more were injured when a train hit a car in Buechel on Saturday afternoon.

The train slammed into the passenger side of the vehicle, killing both people riding on that side. The driver and another passenger, who was sitting behind the driver, are in critical condition at University of Louisville Hospital.

Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools, said all four were JCPS students.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the deceased as Suk Man Rai, 19, and Chita Chuwan, 16. Both died at the scene of blunt force injuries suffered in the crash.

"We pray for our brothers who we lost in that tragic train accident," said Tara Khadka, a friend of both men. "We hope their souls will rest in peace."

The collision occurred at a railroad crossing near the intersection of Bardstown Road and Buechel Bank Road, according to dispatchers. Police said the car ran a signal and crossed into the path of the train, which was traveling at track speed.

A witness, Anthony Collman, provided video of the accident to WAVE 3 News. (WARNING: The video may be upsetting to some viewers.) Collman said he is a former conductor and comes out to take video of trains every weekend.

Logan Bennett, who was watching the trains with Collman, said, "It was the most devastating thing I've ever seen in my life."

He said the car was "pulverized," estimating that it was pushed a mile down the tracks.

Both witnesses called the wreck traumatizing. "It's going to stay with me for the rest of my life," Bennett said.

Bennett's family is holding a fundraiser for the victims on March 28. They will collect funds starting at 2 p.m. at Bennett Cycle and ATV Repair at 7901 3rd Street Road.

Ratterman Funeral Home on Bardstown Road will be handling arrangements for Rai and Chuwan.

"We are going miss you," said Lok Ghimirey, another friend of the victims. "We know who you are, and we always love you."

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