Buechel, KY Train and Auto Collision, Mar 2015
TWO DEAD, TWO CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER TRAIN COLLIDES WITH CAR.
Louisville, Ky. - Two people were killed Saturday afternoon when the car they were riding in was struck by a train in the West Buechel area.
The crash happened around 4 p.m. at Crawford Lane and Buechel Avenue.
The area surrounding the track includes a tight-knit Bhutanese community. Those close to the young men in the car say they were heading home.
"All I heard was metal and glass breaking and the bumper flying off on the other side. And I'll be honest with you, if that may have went on the other side, I may not be standing here today," said Anthony Collman, who witnessed and recorded the accident.
Within seconds, Collman's train watching hobby went from fun to dangerous.
Saturday afternoon, the former CSX conductor was capturing video of the Norfolk Southern Train on his cellphone - when four young men in a white car were crossing the track in the West Buechel area.
The train's horn was blaring, but the driver of the car did not stop.
"What did I just see? I mean, it took me a little bit of time to comprehend what I just saw. It was just - wow. I've never seen anything like that before," Collman said.
After the collision, the train pushed the car several hundred yards away.
The two young people on the right side of the vehicle were killed on impact.
Officials identified the two victims at 16-year-old CHITA CHUWAN, of the 2700 block of Goldsmith Lane. Officials said CHUWAN was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday evening after suffering multiple blunt-force injuries.
Officials said the second victim was SUK MAN RAI, 19, of the 4400 block of Kranet Way. They said RAI was pronounced dead Saturday evening after suffering multiple blunt-force injuries.
The driver and one other person survived, but are listed in critical condition.
One of the critically injured NAGIN THAPA, 17-year-old died on March 19th.
"It's a big loss. It's really a big loss for us," said Ghana Pokhrel, a community soccer coach.