4-year-old survives train-minivan collision that killed her parents, 3 sisters in Colorado


TRINIDAD, Colo. — Colorado State Patrol is investigating a train-minivan collision that killed five people and seriously injured one child on Sunday morning outside Trinidad.

Colorado State Patrol said the crash occurred around 10:03 a.m., when the westbound Amtrak train collided with a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country that was blocking the tracks at Las Animas County Road 32.

Officials said the van failed to yield right of way to the train. The front of the Amtrak train hit the right side of the van and pushed it down the tracks until the train came to a stop.

The driver and four passengers died as a result of the crash.

The adult victims have been identified as 32-year-old Stephen Miller and 33-year-old Christine Miller, both of Trinidad. The three children who died were a 6-year-old girl, a 2-year-old girl, and an 8-month-old girl.

The injured child, a 4-year-old girl, was airlifted to a Denver hospital with serious injuries.

State Patrol said all occupants were restrained at the time of the crash.

At this time, alcohol and drug use are not suspected as contributing factors in the crash. Troopers determined the driver of the van failed to yield right-of-way. An investigation has determined that the van was not stopped on the railroad tracks.Copyright 2016 WKXRM. All rights reserved.

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