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Cross arms, lights finally installed at Chesapeake train crossing where woman killed in 2019

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Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 21:32:14-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – A local mother’s plea has finally been answered.

Cross arms, gates and lights have been installed at a railway in Chesapeake - a location that has lived in Jeanine Romanczyk's mind since her daughter, Taylor, was killed by a late-night train in 2019.

Photos: Stop signs added to railroad crossing where Chesapeake woman died
Taylor Romanczyk

After the crash on Snowden Street, the community collected more than 17,000 signatures on a petition for the tracks.

“I am so relieved. I'm so happy that it's finally done I'm just one little person that seen something that needed to be changed,” said Jennifer Shrader, who organized the petition. “For Taylor's family, it needs to be… it needed to be done.”

The finished crossing was tested Wednesday. When News 3 last reported on the safety measures, CSX crews were seen starting construction by the tracks in September 2020.

Jeanine says her heart is full and is relieved that Snowden Street is now safe.