On their way back to New Jersey, however, tragedy struck on a DE highway, as a horrific auto crash took the lives of five of the six Trinidad family members - including all four daughters.
Authorities in DE said the family was driving north on Route 1 in their minivan around 4 p.m. when a work truck crossed the center grass median, slammed into another vehicle and then collided with the minivan.
Audie Trinidad, 61, and his four daughters, Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and Melissa and Allison, 13-year-old twins were killed during the crash.
Police say the mother was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Hubbard, 44, and a 30-year-old passenger were treated and released from a local hospital with minor injuries, police said. CBS Philadelphia reports that moments before a Ford F-350 pickup truck slammed into a minivan, killing five members of the same family, it plowed into 24-year-old Brian Kern's Mercury Sable.
Hubbard Jr. was treated and released from the hospital following the crash on Friday. "To lose four children in a crash.it's just unheard of", Delaware State Police Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe said.
Hundreds of mourners have lighted candles and left flowers at the Votee Park in Teaneck, New Jersey to show their support for the family. He opened the auto door and jumped out, said the report.
"They're all gone", she said. He said his brother was a "God-fearing man" who loved his family.
'I see out of my left eye the auto crazily swerving out of control on the grass median. The girls' mother took care of so many - she is a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital.
Devastated relatives gathered Saturday at the family's Teaneck home to process the tragic news.
"She's still under a lot of pain medicine", Audie's brother, Danny Trinidad, of Miami, told NJ Advance Media on Sunday. "And they were really great students and they had unbelievable opportunities and I can't believe this happened to them".
The family is waiting for Mary Rose to heal so that she can be present for the viewing and funerals. "So far, we're holding up, you know, we're holding up as best as we can".
Kern says he is now a proponent of seatbelt safety, as he believes that may have helped save his life.
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