Amtrak car-train accident takes 5 lives: Colorado state patrol

2016/06/27 13:10

Sunday Train-car crash death toll in Las Animas county in Colorado now stands at five. Five out of six passengers in the SUV died right away following the collision with an Amtrak train, according to Colorado police.

USviewer: The driver of the van and four passengers were killed, including three children under the age of 18, said State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.
A girl was airlifted to a Denver-area hospital with serious injuries, the state patrol said. No crew or passengers on the train were injured, it said.
Amtrak said there were 286 passengers on the Chicago to Los Angeles line. The train struck a vehicle that was on the tracks at roughly 9:45 a.m. near Trinidad, Colorado, about four miles (6.5 km) east of the Amtrak Trinidad station.
The train in Sunday's Colorado incident struck the right side of the vehicle, which was not stopped on the tracks, police said. The driver and passengers were all wearing seat belts or restraints, they said.
Neither alcohol nor drugs were thought to have played a role in the crash, police said.
The victims have not been publicly identified, pending the notification of relatives.
Amtrak said some of its equipment was damaged but crews quickly made repairs and the train resumed its journey.
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