Two southwest Iowa children were killed and two adults were critically hurt in a crash Sunday night near Red Oak. According to the Iowa State Patrol, five-year-old Maliki Todd and four-year-old Alex Todd, both of Cumberland, died in the crash which occurred on Highway 48 at around 5:40 P.M. Sunday.

The drivers of the vehicles, 18-year-old Karli Brown, of Essex, and 25-year-old Nina McNeese, of Cumberland, were injured. Both were flown by helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Officials say the crash happened as a southbound 2005 Nissan Altima driven by Karli Brown was passing two other cars on the hill. Her vehicle collided head-on with a northbound 2001 Kia Spectra, driven by McNeese.

The patrol reports all of the victims were wearing their seatbelts.

By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic