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Five killed after Amtrak train collides with church-bound minivan


5 dead, 1 seriously injured after train-car crash near Trinidad

Five people, including three children, have been killed in the US State of Colorado after their van collided with an Amtrak train, police say.

Heidi’s remaining family are concerned for how the little girl will deal with the deaths of her parents and sisters. The three children who died were a 6-year-old girl, a 2-year-old girl, and an 8-month-old girl.

No one on the Amtrak train was injured, police said.

The Colorado State Patrol said the crash occurred on Las Animas County Road 32, approximately 3.miles north of Trinidad just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

There have been a total of six other accidents between trains and vehicles at the same crossing in the past 30 years, including another deadly crash in 2010, reports from the Federal Railroad Administration show.

Schlabach said the route the Millers normally took to Trinidad Christian Church, an unincorporated congregation, crossed the train tracks.

The 4-year-old was flown to a Denver hospital with serious injuries.

“When they didn’t show up for church, we were anxious about what was going on”, Keith Schlabach, Christina Miller’s cousin, told The Denver Post. “We thought they were broken down or something”.

A Go Fund Me page has been created to help pay for the family’s funeral expenses as well as Heidi Miller’s Life Flight to Children’s Hospital.

DENVER, June 27 (UPI) – Five people have died after a train crashed into a minivan on Sunday, authorities said.

Relatives said on Monday that Heidi had woken up and was asking for her mother, according to KCNC.

State transportation officials had planned improvements such as a gate and flashers for the train crossing, which now only has a sign, according to the Denver Post. Amtrak said the 286 passengers were left stranded in the area until the train resumed its journey around 5pm.