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Gates Installed At Bus-Train Crash

September 26, 2000

TENNGA, Ga. (AP) _ Gates and lights have been installed at a railroad crossing where a train hit a school bus in March, killing three children.

At the time of the crash, the rail crossing was marked only by cross bucks, signs with white X’s on poles. The crossing sits just over the state line in Tennessee, where state law requires signals to be installed after a fatal crash.

The safety measures were activated earlier this month. CSX, which owns the tracks, installed the guards and lights; county, state and federal funds will pay for them.

Kayla Silvers, 6; Amber Pritchett, 9; and Daniel Pack, 9, died from injuries suffered when their Murray County school bus was hit by the train March 28. The bus driver, Rhonda Cloer, faces 19 charges including vehicular homicide in Tennessee.