Five members of Teaneck family killed in car crash

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Five members of a Teaneck family were killed in a car crash Friday afternoon.

Authorities say it happened on Route 1 in Townsend, Delaware when a pickup truck crossed the median and struck a car. The truck then continued going in the wrong direction and collided with the family's minivan.

The Trinidad family was driving home from a family vacation in Ocean City, Maryland at the time of the crash. 

"I cannot imagine what they are going through," said Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe. "To lose four children in a crash, it is something that is unheard of."

Audie Trinidad, 61, and his four daughters – 20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa – were all killed.

Only the mother, 53-year-old Mary Rose, survived. She is currently being hospitalized in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Neighbors of the family are still digesting the news.

"They were very kind and generous," said 14-year-old Laysha Stengel. "If you had a problem they would always be there for you. And they were really great students and they had amazing opportunities and I can't believe this happened to them."

This is the second tragedy to hit Teaneck in the last six months. Back in January, an elderly couple died in a three-alarm fire.

Three people in the other cars involved were taken to the hospital.

The Teaneck community honored the family during a candlelight vigil Saturday evening at Votee Park. 

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