Amtrak train crash kills 2 adults, 3 kids in Colo. – 11alive.com
DENVER — Two adults and three children were killed after an Amtrak train collided with a minivan that had stopped on the tracks three miles north of Trinidad Sunday morning, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Another child — a girl — was injured, CSP confirmed. She was flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Everyone inside the van was wearing a seatbelt.
The five people killed in the crash have not yet been officially identified.
But KOAA-TV reported that family members had identified the dead as Steve Miller, his wife Christina, and their three daughters, Abigail, Kathryn and Ellianna.
Four-year-old Heidi Miller was the only surviving passenger inside the vehicle, family members told KOAA. The girl was in stable condition, they said.
Family members told the station that the six were on their way to church when their vehicle was struck by the train.
A GoFundMe page had raised $8,800 for the surviving child by 10:30 p.m. ET.
The crash happened just before 10 a.m. MT near Highway 160 and Las Animas County Road 75.1, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The minivan was headed northbound on CR 32 when it failed to yield to an Amtrak train that was headed westbound, according to CSP. The front of the train collided with the right side of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, pushing it westbound on the tracks until the train was able to stop.
An Amtrak spokesperson said there were 286 passengers aboard at the time. No passengers or crew were hurt.
According to a statement from Amtrak, the train was damaged and crews had to make repairs before it could travel again.
The train, which was traveling from Chicago toward Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief Line, was held at the location for hours, but as of 5:25 p.m. was again on the move.
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