Memorials to be held for 3 killed in train crash
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One year after a train accident took the lives of three teenagers, two memorials are planned in their honor.
The collision occurred at a railroad crossing near the intersection of Bardstown Road and Buechel Bank Road on March 14, 2015. Police said the car ran a signal and crossed into the path of the train, which was traveling at track speed.
Suk Man Rai, 19, and Chita Chuwan, 16 were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, Nagin Thapa, 17, died days later. The fourth teenager in the car, Kismat Mishra, survived.
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Former train conductor Anthony Collman, was watching the trains that day and witnessed the accident.
"It changed me a lot," Collman said of the crash. "I spent six almost seven years on the railroad as a conductor for CSX, as a conductor in my career, I have never seen anything that traumatic."
Collman planned a memorial to be held on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the site of the accident to honor the victims.
The Bhutanese Society of Kentucky is also organizing a memorial service on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Buechel Park Baptist Church, located at 2403 Hikes Lane. Local government officials, Jefferson County Public School refugee resettlement agencies and soccer players from different cities were invited to observe the event.
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