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Train Hits 'Wounded Vets' Parade Float, Killing 4
17 injured in horrific Texas accident
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2012 1:10 AM CST
A flatbed truck carries wounded veterans and their families during a parade before it was struck by a train Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 in Midland, Texas.   (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, James Durbin)

(Newser) – A freight train crashed into a wounded veterans' parade float in west Texas yesterday, killing four people and wounding 17. At least one of the wounded is still in critical condition; 11 have been released from the hospital, officials say. The float had been carrying 25 people—mainly veterans and their spouses—from a hotel to a banquet, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reports. It was hit as it crossed train tracks, though the crossing gate and lights were working, according to an initial investigation.

Two trucks were carrying veterans, and one made it across the tracks safely before the other was hit. "The train honked its horn, but the 18-wheeler could not go anywhere because of the other one being right in front of it," a nearby driver tells the AP. Says a local sheriff: "It was pandemonium at the point of impact. Some (of the veterans) tried to jump and protect each other, their girlfriends and their wives."

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Nov 16, 2012 5:47 AM CST
Hold on a minute. That wasn't a war zone so they were injured not wounded.
Nov 16, 2012 3:46 AM CST
This story is sad, but could have been prevented if the driver of the truck had a brain and didn't try to cross the tracks if there was no room to clear the tracks in case a train came by.
Nov 16, 2012 3:18 AM CST
Operator error. Only I'm talking about the ones in charge who made them veterans in the first place. This accident here is pure Texan irony since Bush is the authority on how to "take care of our troops".