Train crash kills two kids; mother, third child injured

A van vs. freight train collision in Batavia, Iowa leaves two children dead, and their mother and a third child injured.

(Updated with victim names)

A van vs. freight train collision in Batavia, Iowa, leaves two children dead and the female driver and a third child injured.

It happened late Monday afternoon at a railroad crossing three blocks from downtown Batavia. Sgt. Russ Morey with the Iowa State Patrol told KTVO Monday evening that Tara Lewman, 25, of Batavia, drove around the crossing arms, and the van was struck by the westbound train.

Kallie Clark, 5, and Erika Clark, 4, both of Batavia were killed on impact.

Morey said there was another train stalled on the tracks. Lewman waited for a period of time, and she then apparently decided to go ahead and cross the tracks.

The trooper said Lewman likely couldn't see the second train coming as she made her way around the crossing arms and attempted to cross the railroad tracks.

We are told Lewman was airlifted from the scene to an Iowa City hospital, and the surviving child, Jordan Clark, 1, of Batavia, was taken by ambulance to Jefferson County Hospital in Fairfield for treatment.