Steve Miller, Christina Miller, and daughters Abigail, Kathryn and Ellianna killed, and Heidi Miller, 4, injured in car collision with train near Trinidad, Colorado
There is an investigation into a train accident that happened near Trinidad. We're told the Amtrak train hit a car. Five people are dead. One girl was airlifted to the hospital.
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.
This morning around 9:30, Steve Miller, his wife Christina and their 4 precious girls were on their way to church when their vehicle was struck by an Amtrack train. Steve, Christina and their three girls (Abigail(6), Kathryn(2) and Ellianna(8mos)) went to be with their Creater and the remaining girl (Heidi(4)) was life flighted to Denver, where she is in stable condition. We are asking for your support with the funeral costs and also the hospital and Flight for Life bills and support for Heidi. Your prayers are also greatly appreciated!
The Colorado State Patrol said in a statement that a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country failed to yield right of way to the train and was struck at 9:45 a.m. near Trinidad. The van’s driver and three of the six passengers died at the scene. A fifth passenger was taken to the hospital and was later declared dead.
An initial investigation by troopers revealed the van was not stopped on the railroad tracks at the time of the crash just outside Trinidad.
The train, which was headed westbound from Chicago to Los Angeles, struck the van around 9:45 a.m. on the passenger side. It pushed the vehicle on the railroad tracks until the train came to a stop.
Stephen Miller, who worked on a farm run by Yoder's sons, served as the church's treasurer, volunteered as an usher and sometimes led worship services. Yoder said he was not set to serve on Sunday morning but had been scheduled to lead the evening service later that day.
Heidi Miller will live with her late mother's sister and her husband and their children in the Trinidad area after she is released from the hospital.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has approved the installation of safety signals at a Las Animas County railroad crossing.
This comes just two months after five family members were killed in an Amtrak train-vehicle collision.