TOWNSEND, Part. – A family language has identified the New Jersey family killedin Townsend, Delaware, CBS Philadelphia. The spokesman identified the father as 61-year-old Audie Trinidad. The children were identified as 20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and 13-year-old Melissa and Allison.
His wife, 53-year-old Mary Rose, was transported to a local hospital after suffering serious but life-threatening injuries.
Both husband and wife were properly held in the vehicle, police said, but their four daughters were not. The crash occurred around 1
State Police M. Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said on Friday that a south-facing pickup truck crossed the median and hit a north-east passenger car. It is unclear what caused the truck to cross the median.
Jaffe said the car came to rest on the median while the pickup truck continued to move south in the northern lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family. The two passengers on the pickup car and the car's sole executives were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Photographs from the scene showed a blue tarpaulin covering a white passenger car with massive front damage. The roof of the vehicle appeared to have been cut off by rescue workers and lay up and down the ground nearby. A few meters away was a maroon-lorry truck, which appeared to be a commercial vehicle, with the passenger side bent in.
"It's really the heart," said Jaffe. "I feel so bad for this family. I can not imagine what they are going through."
Trinidad's brother, Daniel, told the New York Post "their bodies in the morning are unrecognizable".
"They are a godly family," he said. "They go to church. My brother wrote me a picture of the blue crabs they ate on July 4. They are all gone in the eye."
A family friend, Linda Douglas, who set up a GoFundMe for the family told NJ.com that Audie Trinidad was "always daddy to pick everyone up in the minivan … We acted, but no matter who sweet 16 it was, could you always count on Audie. "  © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.