(Meredith/AP)– A New Jersey mother is the only family member to survive a multi-car crash that killed her hubby and 4 daughters on a Delaware highway.
The household was returning from a journey to Ocean City, Maryland Friday afternoon when a pickup truck crossed the mean for unidentified factors, struck a car and skidded into the path of their minivan.
Cops said the daddy, 61-year-old Audie Trinidad, passed away at the scene along with his girls– Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison. The mom– Mary Rose Ballocanag, 53– was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
“It’s definitely heartbreaking,” stated Delaware State Police Master Corp. Melissa Jaffe.” I feel so bad for this household. I can not picture what they’re going through.” Photographs from the scene revealed a blue tarp covering a white traveler vehicle with huge front-end-damage. The vehicle’s roofing system appeared to have actually been cut off by rescue employees and was lying upside down on the ground close by.
Both husband and wife were correctly restrained in the car, authorities said, but their 4 children were not.
Larry DuHadaway, an off-duty firemen who saw the wreck, stated he and other vehicle drivers sprang into action to save the occupants of the battered van, however it was too late.
“I felt kind of powerless, to be truthful,” DuHadaway told the News Journal.”I’ve remained in business for 28 years. It’s the
worst one I’ve seen.”The cause of the crash is still under examination. No charges have been filed.
People near the family have actually given that developed a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $ 162,000 to assist cover funeral costs and Mary Rose’s medical bills.
“Now my sister-in-law is all by herself,” Daniel said. “What will she do? This is like a tragedy 100 times over.”
Family members stated Trinidad matured in the Philippines and had actually pertained to the United States in 1987. He served 7 years in the Navy before settling into his profession as a U.S. Postal Service worker in Teaneck, New Jersey– where he raised his family.
“My sibling was a caring partner. He’s the oldest of eight brother or sisters. He could not say no to his partner and would constantly give to his daughters,” Daniel stated.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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