Last updated: 01:45 PM ET, Mon June 27 2016

Amtrak Train Strikes Van in Colorado, Kills Five People

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 27, 2016

Amtrak Train Strikes Van in Colorado, Kills Five People

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On Sunday, an Amtrak train carrying 286 passengers struck a minivan near Trinidad, Colorado, killing five passengers in the vehicle, including three children.

The accident took place on the Amtrak Southwest Chief line about three miles from Trinidad at 9:45 a.m. local time Sunday morning. Steve Miller and his wife Christina were driving to church with their four daughters when their van was struck by the train.

According to, Miller, his wife and three of their daughters were killed in the accident, and only four-year-old Heidi Miller survived the crash. She was transported via helicopter to Children's Hospital Colorado with serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The family’s 2005 Chrysler Town & Country was heading northbound on CR 32 when it failed to yield to the train and was struck. The Amtrak train pushed the van down the tracks until it was able to come to a complete stop.

The train on the Amtrak Southwest Chief line was en route from Chicago to Los Angeles, but no passengers in the rail cars were injured. The train remained near Trinidad while the investigation took place and the damage was repaired, but it continued its journey several hours later.

Colorado State Patrol officials say the vehicle was not stopped on the tracks at the time of the crash, and police do not believe drugs nor alcohol played any role in the fatal crash. Members of the Miller family have set up a GoFundMe page for funeral costs and to support Heidi Miller.


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