Two toddlers hit by train in northern Indiana; one dead, the other critically injured

PORTAGE, Ind. – One toddler is dead and another toddler is critically injured after they were hit by a train in Portage, Indiana, The Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

Authorities say the siblings, a brother and sister, were walking along the railroad tracks near a mobile home park just off U.S. 20 when they were hit.

CSX train personnel told investigators they saw the children and honked the horn, but they couldn’t stop in time, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Caleb Wilson, 3, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, and Ellie Wilson, 2, was airlifted to a hospital.

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.”