Vets Killed in Train Crash Pushed Wives to Safety
Four servicemen were killed in Texas accident
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2012 2:27 PM CST
Parade participants look on after a trailer carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train in Midland, Texas.   (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, James Durbin)

(Newser) – Two of the military veterans killed in yesterday's horrific train accident in Midland, Texas, died saving their wives, reports ABC News. Witnesses say Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, and Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47, pushed their wives to safety but were unable to escape themselves as the train bore down on the parade float at a crossing. Also killed were sergeant majors Gary Stouffer, 37, and William Lubbers, 43.

  • Michael, a Purple Heart recipient, "pushed his wife off the float—my daughter," Mary Hefley tells the Amarillo Globe-News. "He was that kind of guy. He always had a smile on his face. He would do for others before he would do for himself."
  • Witness Jaime Garza said he got to the scene just after impact, and Boivin died in his arms. "He actually pushed (his wife) off the float, and then he got hit."
Sixteen people were injured in the crash, and one remains in critical condition. The investigation continues, but authorities say the crossing gate and lights appeared to be working, reports AP. The float was behind another truck at the crossing and couldn't move out of the way.

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Nov 20, 2012 8:01 AM CST
I think it sad... in fact it angers me to see some of the mindless /brainless /heartless chatter. What happened here is a tragedy, regardless of who's side you might be on. As a Veteran and a Texan living a long way from home, I question the whole situation and most importantly how fast the train was traveling not to have stopped BEFORE these injuries and deaths occurred. This happened in a rural setting, but not so far from a population and a Community that the train should have legally been traveling at a speed greater than the posted limits in a populated area. The train company needs to be held accountable and the operators /engineers prosecuted to the fullest extent of Texas law. God bless the Families of these brothers, and God rest their souls.
Nov 16, 2012 8:25 PM CST
Somthing tells me they had a woman driver.
Nov 16, 2012 7:34 PM CST
At such an event honoring veterans ! What a loss.