Two Children Killed in Jefferson County Crash with Train

A van vs. freight train collision in Batavia, Iowa leaves two children dead, and their mother and a third child injured. (Ben Jordan/KTVO)

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By Rachel Begle

BATAVIA, Iowa (AP) — Two children have died in a collision at a train crossing in southeast Iowa.

Authorities say the accident occurred at tracks in Batavia a little after 4 p.m. Monday. An Iowa State Patrol report says a minivan driven by 25-year-old Tara Lewman, of Batavia, had stopped at the crossing. The report says that after some time, Lewman drove around the crossing arms. The train then struck the passenger side of her minivan.

Patrol Sgt. Russ Morey says another train stopped near the crossing that may have kept Lewman from seeing the oncoming train.

The patrol says 4-year-old Erika Clark and 5-year-old Kallie Clark were killed and that Lewman and 1-year-old Jordan Clark were flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

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