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Two southern Iowa teens killed by freight train crash; two more critically injured

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CLARKE COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- On Thursday, May 27, two teenagers were killed and two more critically injured after their pickup truck was struck by a freight train.

According to Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla, the crash happened at about 4:30 p.m., when the teenagers were near the intersection of Kendall St. and 160th Ave.

State Patrol reports the teenagers had been traveling in a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup truck on a dirt road east of Murray, which is southwest of Des Moines.

They were struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, instantly killing two of the teenagers, and sending the driver and another passenger to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries.

Iowa State Patrol and the Clarke County Sheriff's Office is investigating the collision further at this time.

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