2 children dead, mother hospitalized after car-train collision in Henryville

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Two children died and their mother was hospitalized after a car and train collided Wednesday afternoon in southern Indiana. 

Clark County Sheriff Capt. Scottie Maples said the woman has serious injuries. There is no word on how old the children were, but witnesses said it was a boy and girl who died. Witnesses who ran to the scene said the children were in the backseat of a vehicle.

The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near State Road 160 and Pennsylvania Street in Henryville. Both roads were closed for the accident to be reconstructed. The roads reopened around 5:30 p.m.

Investigators say the CSX train hit a white SUV driven by the woman. They are not certain if the car stalled or the driver may have been trying to beat the train. The woman was taken to University Hospital and underwent surgery.

CSX Indiana spokeswoman Gail Lobin released a statement to WDRB News, saying: 

"CSX extends its deepest sympathies to all involved in today's tragic accident, which is especially painful because it involves children. CSX appreciates the efforts of the Clark County Sheriff's Department and emergency personnel who responded to help those at the scene."

Those who live and work nearby said a similar but non-fatal crash happened in the area a few weeks ago involving a Brinks truck.

There are no crossing arms at that intersection. Neighbors said the crossing needs arms or something more than just lights to warn drivers when a train is approaching.

"You’re more likely to hear the train than see it, even on a bright day like today," said Daniel Hunter, who lives near the tracks. "It’s kind of hard to see the red blinking lights."

Tim Finch, who heard the crash, said you can't see either direction as you approach the tracks. 

"If you can't see the lights, then you're not going to stop."

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