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4 Dead, 17 Hurt As Train Hits Veterans Parade Trailer In Texas

Fri, November 16, 2012 12:51am

Story by Krishnadev Calamur


At least four people are dead and several others injured after a train crashed into a trailer carrying veterans during a parade in West Texas.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram spoke to Midland Chief of Police Price Robinson. Here's what the paper says:

"A float carrying veterans and their wives in the ninth annual Show of Support parade was struck by a eastbound train at the corner of Garfield Road and Industrial Avenue just before 5 p.m., Robinson said."

The parade was supposed to end with wounded service members being treated to an all-expenses-paid deer-hunting trip. Those events have been canceled.

Update at 8 p.m. ET More Details

The Associated Press says 17 people are injured.

It's quoting Ryan Stout, a spokesman for the City of Midland, as saying the crash occurred at a Union Pacific railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m. local time. He said 10 of those injured are in critical condition. KDFW-TV says the wounded were taken to hospitals in Midland and nearby Odessa, Texas.

Here's more from the AP:

"Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange says the eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float Thursday as it approached a railroad crossing in Midland. He says the crossing gate and lights were working at the time.
Lange didn't know if the train crew saw the float approaching."

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