4-year-old Girl Survives The Accident That Killed Her 3 Sisters & Parents
A man, his wife and 3 out of their 4 daughters were killed on Sunday morning, June 26 after a train hit their family’s vehicle in Colorad Woke.
Four-year-old Heidi Miller (right) was the only survivor of the tragic accident. Heidi suffered broken bones and a head injury in the crash which killed her parents and her three sisters.
An Amtrak passenger train headed from Chicago to Los Angeles hit the family’s mini-van as it drove across railway tracks near the town of Trinidad, which is 15 miles from the New Mexico border.
Heidi was flown to a children’s hospital in nearby Aurora. She is at present receiving treatment and is expected to recover from her injuries.
Her father, Steve, 32, and mother Christina, 33, and sisters Abigail, six, Kathryn, two, and eight-month-old Elliana all died in the accident. The family were on their way to church that Sunday morning when the sad incident happened.
Relatives, who are with Heidi in hospital, told CBS she is “awake and asking for her mother” but they did not know how to explain what had happened.
According to Police reports, the family’s Chrysler mini-van failed to give way to the Amtrak train and the train on the other hand was unable to stop at that moment.
Officers said alcohol or drug use is not suspected to be factor in the crash. Trooper Art Gumke of the Colorado State Patrol said the minivan was moving at the time of the crash and was not stuck.
“When they didn’t show up for church, we were worried about what was going on. We thought they were broken down or something. One of the other guys was driving back from church toward Steve’s house to see what happened and then he got to the tracks.” Keith Schlabach, Mrs Miller’s cousin said.