HARVEY COUNT, Kan. - On Saturday afternoon, emergency crews responded to a railroad crossing northeast of Newton, at U.S. Highway 50 & NE 48th Street, where a vehicle had collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train.
The driver, 19-year-old Taylor Sowell, died from massive head injuries. Her husband, 20-year-old Dylan Sowell, was flown to Wichita's Wesley Medical Center in critical condition. The driver's brother, a 17-year-old, was driven to Wesley with head injuries. The victims are all residents of Harvey County.
The railroad crossing at this location does not have flashing lights or gates.