November 26, 2014

Two children dead after van is struck by train

Two children were killed, a third child and their mother hurt, when a minivan was hit by a train in southeast Iowa Monday afternoon.

Twenty-five-year-old Tara Lewman, of Batavia, was at the 4th Street Railroad crossing in Batavia in her 2004 Dodge Caravan when she drove around the crossing arms to make her way past a stalled train, that’s when the vehicle was hit by a second, westbound train.

The collision killed five-year-old Kallie Clark, and four-year-old Erika Clark, both of Batavia. The mother, Lewman, and a third child, one-year-old Jordan Clark were airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital.

By Andrew Zupkoff, KMCD, Fairfield