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Train crash leaves 2 children dead, 2 in critical condition

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jan 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-26 14:29:39-05
PHOTO: Picture of a car that was struck by a Union Pacific train. The crash left 2 children dead and 2 hospitalized, Photo Date: January 26, 2019


Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety say two children were killed and two were transported in critical condition after a train struck a car.

The crash happened around 10:35 a.m. Saturday on County Road 1136, just south of Mathis, Texas.

Sgt. Nathan Brandley says a car disregarded a train crossing sign moments before the crash. The car was hit by the train.

Sgt. Brandley says when first responders arrived on the scene, a 12-year-old boy along with an eight-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene. A five-year-old girl and the driver of the car were left in critical condition.

The male driver of the car was transported to Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital. The five-year-old girl was HALO-flighted to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Brandley says none of the children were restrained in the vehicle while the five-year-old girl was not in a child car seat.

Investigators with the San Patricio Sheriff’s Department along with DPS Troopers are investigating the crash scene. An investigator with Union-Pacific was also at the scene.