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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

(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.

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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." (Read more Texas stories.)

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