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Norfolk Southern responds to councilman's claims that company is delaying crossing gates

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Three teens died after a train slammed into their car earlier this year, and there are still no safety gates at that crossing. 

"I did hear a really loud thud," Emily Tisheuar said about the day of the crash in March. 

She lives down the street from the tracks that cross Crawford Avenue in the Buechel area. 

"The boys came running in and said that the car had been hit, and they saw it being pushed down the tracks," she said. 

Three of the four teens inside the car didn't survive. There were no gates at the crossing. 

"The people need it ... they deserve it," Metro Councilman Steve Magre said about the safety gates. 

Gates were approved to go up there even before the fatal accident, but Magre says there's still no start date for the project. 

He says the city has removed a tree near the tracks, added speed bumps, striping on the road and stop signs. 

"The stop signs have helped," Marge told said. "But they need those gates, and they're approved, they're funded ... Get them up." 

Magre claims Norfolk Southern has yet to sign an agreement with the state and is delaying the project. 

"I was hoping that we would have a specific date and could announce it by Oct. 1," he said. 

A Norfolk Southern spokesperson says the company has been in discussions with the state for months. 

"The public is concerned about the safety of this crossing and so is Norfolk Southern," public relations manager Dave Pidgeon said during a phone interview Sunday.

"Norfolk Southern wants to make sure that the crossing gates are designed and engineered correctly, installed correctly and that the agreement that is put in place is done right and is effective." 

He says the company is close to reaching an agreement with the state, but couldn't provide a timeline. 

Magre says he's making a plea for the deal to get done, and some neighbors say time is of the essence. 

There was even an accident at this same crossing that sent two to the hospital in August. 

"There are people who still do come across it and don't look," Tisheuar said. "And you just hope that they don't cross it at the wrong time."

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