Mom is only survivor of auto crash that killed husband, 4 daughters

Police: 4 kids,1 adult killed in Townsend, Del. crash

Police: 4 kids,1 adult killed in Townsend, Del. crash

A New Jersey wife and mother was the only survivor of a crash in DE that took the lives of her husband and four daughters.

She said the auto came to rest on the median, while the pickup truck continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family.

Ballocanag's 61-year-old husband Audie Trinidad and their daughters Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and teen twins Allison and Melissa all died on the spot. A second adult from the family also was in the van and suffered injuries police said were serious but not life-threatening, and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The truck driver, a 44-year-old man from East New Market, Maryland, was treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the auto, a 24-year-old man from Bethlehem, Pa., was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. The passenger vehicle involved had one person inside who was taken to the hospital also with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the crash was reported at 3:47 p.m. north of Pine Tree Road.

He clipped the back of Kern's Mercury Sable before veering off towards the minivan that was carrying six members of the Trinidad family of Teaneck, New Jersey. "I can not imagine what they are going through", said Jaffe.

Laysha Stinger says the family was very kind and generous. The girls' mother took care of so many - she is a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital.

The father's and daughters' bodies were unrecognizable after the crash, Audie Trinidad's brother, Daniel Trinidad, told The Post. "Out of the corner of my left eye, I see this F-350 truck wildly swerving in the median through the grass, and I knew it was coming right for us", Kern said.

The only survivor from their vehicle was the girls' mother, Mary Rose Ballocanag who was asleep at the time and woke up to find her unresponsive husband on her after the impact.

Photos showed the vehicle, a white four-door passenger auto, with extensive damage to its rear.

The family, from Teaneck, New Jersey, was returning from a beach vacation. "But I'm a paramedic as well and I'm the only first responder there". He received a photo of the family eating blue crabs on July 4.

Friends and family are now raising money for the Trinidad family through a GoFundMe page found here. So far, more than $74,000 of a $10K goal had been raised.

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