Funeral services for 5 killed in Amtrak van crash

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 19:55:13-04

Funeral services were held Friday for five people killed when their van was hit by an Amtrak train.

The Colorado State Patrol says the parents and three children were killed when their van failed to yield right of way to the train.

The vehicle, later described as a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, failed to yield right of way to the train, officials said. The train then collided with the right side of the Chrysler and dragged the mini-van with it until the train came to a full stop.

The Colorado State Patrol says a girl survived and was hospitalized with serious injuries after the train headed from Chicago to Los Angeles hit the van at a railroad crossing in a rural area near Trinidad, about 15 miles from the New Mexico border.

The crossing is marked with signs but doesn't have gates to stop vehicles.

The girl's parents were identified as 32-year-old Stephen Miller and 33-year-old Christina Miller of Trinidad. Their daughters, ages 6, 2 and 8 months, died.

There was a total of 286 passengers on board at the time of the crash, Kopta said. The crew or passengers were not injured in the crash, she added.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.


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