2 girls die in car-train crash

Binder girls, ages 2 and 4, succumb

Teen driver didn’t see train

Two girls were killed after the car they were traveling in was struck by a train Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Alta.

According to Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville, Camille Binder, 2 and Chloe Binder, 4, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital Friday.

After an initial investigation, it appears the driver, Nathaniel Harmes, 15, of Storm Lake, failed to see the oncoming train as it entered the crossing.

Major Doug Simons said he does not anticipate charges being filed.

Harmes was treated at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

The front seat passenger, Heather Binder, 37, of Storm Lake, was airlifted to a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital. She remained hospitalized Tuesday.

The call was received at the Buena Vista County Communications Center at 4:22 p.m.  Thursday.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the car was traveling northbound on Main Street in Alta when it was hit by a westbound train coming through Alta.

It appears through the investigation that all audible and visual warning signals were functioning properly.

All four victims were transported to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Thursday. The two children were airlifted to a pediatric trauma center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta.