Two teenagers were killed and two more were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after their pickup truck was hit by a freight train in rural south-central Iowa, officials said.
The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Clarke County, when the eastbound pickup collided with a BNSF Railway train at a crossing east of Murray, the Iowa State Patrol said.
Investigators said four teens were in the truck at the time of the crash, and two died at the scene. The two others suffered life-threatening injuries and were flown by medical helicopter to a hospital.
The Iowa State Patrol reports 16-year old Tyson Nall of Murray was driving a vehicle east on Kansas Street and attempted to cross a marked railroad crossing in front of the train for an unknown reason. The train hit the passenger side of the vehicle. Fourteen-year old Brooklyn Eggers of Murray and 15-year old Gavin Werner of Murray both died in the accident. Fifteen-year old Rylon Cook of Osceola and 16-year old Tyson Nall of Murray were both flown to Des Moines Hospital.
BNSF officials said the crossing where the crash occurred is equipped with gate arms, flashing lights and bells. The patrol and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash.