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Michigan City Journal | October 19, 2018

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Freight train hits 2 young siblings in northwestern Indiana

Freight train hits 2 young siblings in northwestern Indiana
Associated Press

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a freight train struck two young siblings walking along railroad tracks in northwestern Indiana, killing one and critically injuring the other.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 3-year-old Caleb Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision Tuesday morning and 2-year-old Ellie Wilson was airlifted to a hospital.

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Portage Police Chief Troy Williams said family members believed the two sneaked away from their home in a mobile home park adjacent to the tracks. He says adults were actively searching for them when the collision occurred.

The sibling’s step-grandmother, Denise Benson, said, “Caleb is a train person. Caleb loves trains and, of course, little Ellie follows Caleb everywhere.”

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CSX train personnel told investigators they saw the children, honked and tried to stop but could not before striking them.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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