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Bethlehem man survived DE crash that killed father, four daughters

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New Jersey family including 4 kids killed in Delaware crash

A survivor from the deadly multi-car crash in DE that killed four daughters and their father on Friday has credited his seat belt with saving his life.

Police say Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad and her husband and the couple's four daughters were traveling northbound on Route 1 when a maroon pickup truck cross the center median into oncoming traffic slamming into the family's Toyota Sienna minivan.

Police haven't identified the victims but family confirmed they were Teaneck residents: Audie Trinidad, 61, and his daughters 20-year-old Nikki, 17-year-old Danna and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa.

The sole survivor of the crash, mother Mary Rose Trinidad, is recovering in the hospital and is in stable condition.

Hubbard Jr., 44, of East New Market, Maryland, was behind the wheel of the Ford F-350 that crossed the grassy strip dividing lanes of Route 1, near Townsend in New Castle County, said Master Cpl.

Brian Kern, 24, jumped out of a vehicle on Portzer Road in Milford Township near Quakertown Friday evening, after having witnessed the DE crash that killed a New Jersey man and his four daughters.

The crash is under investigation and so far no charges have been filed. "When I found out, I just couldn't believe it at first", said Amber Dow, friend of Danna Trinidad.

Audie and his daughters were pronounced dead at the scene.

It took this tragedy, says Daniel, for him to realize how much the family's community valued his brother and nieces.

Trinidad's brother, Daniel, told the New York Post his sister-in-law remains in the hospital with multiple fractures and knows "her entire family has been wiped out". The family was returning home after a vacation. The husband and wife were properly restrained in the vehicle, police say, but their four daughters were not.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page to support Mary Rose has been set up.

A candle light vigil will be held for the family at Milton Votee Park in Teaneck, NJ on Sunday night. "They go to church".

"I was sitting in the ER and my heart was just pouring out to them when I heard about it", said Kern. I don't think she wishes she was alive.

A passenger in the truck, a 30-year-old man from Hurlock, Maryland, was also treated and released.

Family members said Audie Trinidad's journey was in many ways the realization of the American Dream. Their bodies in the morgue are unrecognizable, ' he said.

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