Washington Post - Travis M. Andrews
At approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday, an Amtrak train struck a minivan near Trinidad, Colo., killing three children and two adults.
Amtrak Train 3, the Southwest Chief passenger train, was traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles with 286 passengers on board when it collided with a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan on Las Animas County Road 32. The minivan contained two adults and four children.
According to a press release from the Colorado State Patrol, its driver failed to “yield right of way” to the westbound train, which struck the minivan’s right side, pushing it along the tracks until the train could stop.
Five of the minivan’s occupants died — two adults and three children under the age of 18. The remaining passenger — identified as young girl — was airlifted to a Denver area hospital with serious injuries, KCNCreported. No one aboard the train was injured.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are considered to be a factor in the crash, according to authorities.
The train remained stopped on the tracks until about 5 p.m., at which point it resumed its journey, according to Amtrak spokesperson Chelsea Kopta.
As of now, the victims’ names have not been released.
Later that same day, a single car of an Amtrak train carrying 236 passengers derailed in Tukwila, Wash., about 10 miles south of Seattle. It had been traveling at under 5 miles per hour, and no one was injured, according to KIRO. Amtrak is working to determine the cause of the derailment.