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Five dead after train hits van in Colorado

Five dead after train hits van in Colorado

Five people, including three children, were killed when an Amtrak train collided with a van in Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol said a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country failed to yield right of way to the train and was struck at 9:45am local time on Sunday just outside Trinidad.

The van's driver and four of the passengers were killed, while no-one on the train was injured.

The TV station Denver7 reported that a a girl in the van was flown to Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, with serious injuries.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the occupants until after the next of kin has been notified.

An Amtrak spokeswoman told the station that more than 280 passengers were on board at the time of the crash and remain stranded in the area.

She said the train involved was the Southwest Chief, which travels between Chicago and Los Angeles.

Authorities are investigating but neither alcohol nor drug use is suspected.