An Amtrak train crashed in to a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country in Colorado on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
This tragedy must be pondered, as it occurred three miles from Trinidad, Colorado. (Anyone know the name of the peak in the background here? Fishers Peak, answer my correspondents,)
The van's right side was hit after it failed to yield the right of way to the train, Colorado State Patrol said in a news release.
The driver and four passengers were killed. One occupant was airlifted to Denver Hospital with injuries police described as serious. Six people.
Their children, Abigail, Kathryn and Ellianna also passed away. Four-year-old Heidi Miller was the only survivor.
No train passengers or crew members were hurt.
Authorities said the van was not stopped on the railroad tracks.
The crash happened about three miles north of Trinidad, Colorado.
Trinidad was first explored by Spanish and Mexican traders, who liked its proximity to the Santa Fe Trail. It was founded in 1862 soon after coal was discovered in the region. This led to an influx of immigrants, eager to capitalize on this important natural resource. By the late 1860s, the town had about 1,200 residents. Trinidad was officially incorporated in 1876, just a few months before Colorado became a state. An important milestone for the town occurred in 1878, when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway reached Trinidad, making it easier for goods to be shipped from distant locations. In the 1880s, Trinidad became home to a number of well-known people, including Bat Masterson, who briefly served as the town's marshal in 1882. By 1900, the population of Trinidad had grown to 7,500. It was now home to two English-language newspapers, and one that was published in Spanish.
In the early 1900s, Trinidad became nationally known for having the first woman sports editor of a newspaper, Ina Eloise Young. Her expertise was in baseball, and in 1908, she was the only woman sportswriter to cover the World Series. During the same period of time, Trinidad was also home to a popular semi-pro baseball team, which was briefly coached by Damon Runyon. Source.
The Legends of the West...The Wild West's Trinity, all with ties to Trinidad, Colorado, however brief.
The infamous Ludlow Massacre is also associated with Trinidad, Colorado. Many people died in the "massacre."