LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, Colo. -- Five family members, including three children, on their way to church were killed Sunday morning after an Amtrak train collided with a minivan, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Officials said a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country failed to yield to the train and was hit about 9:45 a.m. just outside Trinidad. The van's driver and three of the six passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth passenger was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead.
A 4-year-old passenger was flown to Children's Hospital in Aurora with serious injuries. She is the only one in her family who survived the crash after her parents and three sisters were killed.
All three girls who died in the crash on Las Animas Country Road 32 a few miles east of Trinidad along with their parents, Bill and Christina Miller, were younger than 6 years old. They were on their way to church when the crash happened.
“The family was pretty much as they … they were pretty simple and I don’t think I met anyone … everybody loved," said Keith Schlabach, Christina Miller's cousin.
There were 286 passengers on board the Southwest Chief Line, which was traveling from Chicago to to Los Angeles. The train crashed into the right side of the vehicle and dragged it until the trail could come to a full stop.
No passengers or crew were injured. The train resumed traveling at 5:25 p.m. Alcohol and drug use are not suspected in the crash.
A family member said the family did not have a will. A GoFundMe page has been set up for funeral expenses.