Train Hits Parade Float, 4 Killed

Midland police, fire and sheriffs respond to an accident where a trailer carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train in Midland, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

On the 15th November, 2012, a tragic accident happened when a train collided with a parade float. The float was one of the two 18-wheel trailers carrying wounded veterans and their families during the parade at Midland, Texas. The accident killed four people and injured 17, 10 of the injured are in critical condition while 7 of them are in stable condition.

“From what we know right now, apparently there were two fatalities at the time of the incident and two more at the hospital that passed away after they’d been transported,” Midland Police Chief Price Robinson said.

The freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. (Tim Fischer/Reporter-Telegram/AP)

According to Vatankhah, a witness of the accident, the first truck crossed the tracks in time, but the second did not. he also added that the sirens from the police cars in the parade may have drowned out the sound of the approaching train. Witnesses said the gate did not go down before the floats got to the tracks, KMID reported.

The floats in the Show of Support’s Hunt for Heroes parade were crossing Union Pacific train tracks at Garfield Street and Industrial Avenue en route to a Show of Support Banquet around 4:35 p.m. local time, according to ABC News affiliate KMID-TV.

The National Transportation Safety Board was launching a team to the site to investigate the crash. It expected to have investigators at the site this evening and a full team on site by Friday.

The parade float which carried wounded veterans before the accident which happened at Midland, Texas on the 15th November 2012.


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