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Four Killed, 17 Injured As Train, Midland Parade Float Collide [Listen]

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Residents of Midland are still asking what happened following a fatal train wreck during a veteran’s parade in that city. At least four people were killed and 17 others were injured when a Union Pacific freight train slammed into a parade float crossing the tracks loaded with wounded warriors and their spouses.

NEWS 92 FM’s Steve Ottesen has the details:


The police calls started coming in just after 4:30 in the afternoon.

An eastbound Union Pacific freight train had slammed into a flatbed truck loaded with veteran’s being honored at an annual parade in Midland.

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So many people were injured, police didn’t know how many ambulances were needed.

Hamid Vatankhah saw the train collide with the flatbed truck being used as a float.

Early indications are that everything at the crossing was working. The train sounded its horn. The crossing arms came down. And the lights and bells were functioning, but for some reason the truck was on the tracks.

Midland Police Chief Price Robinson says many of the victims were from out of town.

Some people think sirens from the parade’s police escort may have covered up the sound of the train’s horn.

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