Lawsuit filed in crash that killed 4 high schoolers 2 years ago

Three families are filing a lawsuit two years after a graduation-day crash killed four Brunswick High School students.

The Chronicle-Telegram reports the wrongful-death lawsuit is against CSX Corporation, Columbia and Liverpool township trustees and the commissioners and engineers of Lorain and Medina Counties.

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Driver Jeffrey Chaya, 18, and passengers Blake Bartchak, 17, Lexi Poemer, 16, and Kevin Fox, 18, were killed in the accident June 3, 2012. Another passenger, Julia Romito, survived.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court by the Bartchak, Poemer and Fox families.

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The State Highway Patrol has told The Chronicle the vehicle was traveling 69 mph when it crossed the railroad tracks on Boston Road in Columbia Station.

The lawsuit says the car went airborne, left the road, crashed into a culvert and flipped onto its roof. Police have said drivers were known to use the steep grade of the crossing as a ramp to launch their vehicles.

The crossing has since undergone $450,000 of improvements and the speed limit in the area was lowered.

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