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ALTA, Iowa | Two girls injured in a car/train collision in Alta died Friday.

Chloe Binder, 4, and Camille Binder, 2, both of Alta, died at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, where they had been flown by helicopter after the accident Thursday.

The girls were passengers in a car driven by their brother Nathaniel Harmes. Investigators believe Harmes, 15, of Storm Lake, Iowa, didn’t see a westbound Canadian National train coming when he drove a car across the railroad crossing on Main Street about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, said Buena Vista County Maj. Doug Simons.

Harmes was treated at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Also injured was front-seat passenger Heather Binder, 37, of Alta, the mother of the three children. She was flown by helicopter Thursday night to Avera McKennan Hospital, where she was in fair condition Friday evening.

Camille and Chloe both were in child safety seats in the back seat, deputies said.

The train crew was not hurt.

Deputies say the visual and audible warning signals at the crossing were working properly at the time of the crash. The signals are not equipped with crossing arms.

Harmes had an operator's permit and was driving legally, Simons said.

No charges have been filed.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Alta.

Journal reporter Nick Hytrek contributed to this report.

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