Two children were killed after the car they were riding in with their mother was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Aomori City.
The accident occurred around 1:30 pm on Sunday, police said. TBS reported that as the car was crossing over the tracks, it was hit by an express train. A 4-year-old boy, Reira Kojima, was flung from the vehicle by the impact and pronounced dead at the scene. His 3-year-old sister Airu suffered suffered severe injuries and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The children's 36-year-old mother, who was driving the car, sustained head injuries and was in a stable condition.
According to witnesses, at the time of the accident, the railway crossing gate began lowering, forcing the car to stop in the middle of the tracks.© Japan Today