4 Dead, 17 Hurt When Train Hits Texas Vets Parade

MIDLAND, TX (CBS NEWS) -- Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans.

Two people died at the scene of the crash, while two others died at Midland Memorial Hospital, City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout said. Ten of those injured are in critical condition, while the other seven are in stable condition, he said.

Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange says the eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float around 4:40 p.m. Thursday as it approached a railroad crossing in Midland. He says the crossing gate and lights were working at the time.

Lange didn't know if the train crew saw the float approaching.

"There is going to be a very thorough investigation," Lange said. "It's obviously a very tragic incident."

Lange said Union Pacific is offering help to the community and victims' families, as well as peer-to-peer counseling for the train crew, who did not sustain any injuries.

"It's pretty traumatic for them," he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board also is investigating, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said.


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