2 injured during when van is struck by a train in Greene County


April 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says two people, an adult and child, where injured late Monday night when the van they were in was struck by a train in Jefferson. The names of the victims, ages 27 and 5, have not yet been released. Officials say they were in a van which had apparently experienced mechanical difficulties and stalled on the railroad tracks crossing North Grimmell Road, near West Wall Street , on the northwest side of Jefferson. The 1998 Chevy Venture van was hit by an eastbound Union Pacific locomotive at around 11:30-p.m., Monday

The Patrol says the child was ejected from the van, which ended up on its top in the north ditch. The driver was out of the vehicle when medics arrived on the scene. The driver was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, while the child was flown to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, also by LifeNet.